A million copies of the ‘Magnificat – Liturgies and Events of the Papal Visit of Pope Benedict XVI to the United Kingdom’ were distributed to parishes across England, Scotland and Wales.
This edition of the Magnificat contained the texts for the times Pope Benedict XVI participated in public prayer, together with a series of brief articles about the Papal Visit. It served as a key companion for the Papal liturgies.
The publication was produced by the Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of England and Wales and Scotland in co-operation with Gabriel Communications, the Catholic Truth Society and Magnificat. It also included texts for the Liturgy of the Church (Morning and Evening Prayer, and the Mass) for the days before and after the Papal Visit.
First launched in France in 1992, Magnificat has proved a rich resource for laypeople in many countries. This special issue, released for the Papal Visit, marked the first time the readings, texts and calendar were selected to be appropriate for the British Isles.