Paschal to welcome Pope Benedict

EXCITEMENT and nerves will be mingling in equal measures as Paschal Uche makes his final preparations to welcome Pope Benedict today.

He will be joining thousands of young people at Westminster Cathedral where the Pope will celebrate Mass during his historic four-day visit to Britian.

Paschal will be welcoming the Holy Father, who is only the second ever Pope to visit Britain, with a short speech. Of course, the 21-year-old Pharmacy student is every excited at the honour.

He said: “I couldn’t believe I’d been asked. Its very, very exciting. I am going to be standing just a few feet from the Pope and I’m very privileged and honoured to be sharing a platform with him.”

He is a youth representative at St Francis of Assisi Church in Stratford and was chosen by Father Dominic, a member of the planning committee for the visit, for his work at the church.

Paschal recently took part in a Papal visit preparation day organised by Brentwood Catholic Youth Service for parish youth representatives from across Brentwood Diocese.

Paschal, who is studying for a degree in pharmacy at Nottingham University, will welcome the Pope with a short speech highlighting the work done by young people up and down the country.

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