DESIGNS for the two popemobiles, the vehicles in which the Pope will travel during his visit have now been unveiled. The coachwork of both vehicles has been designed by Ogle Design in conjunction with British Leyland.
One of the vehicles, which is based on the Range Rover, will be used during the Pope's motorcades in ,,cities like Liverpool.
The other vehicle, which has a six-wheeled chassis, will be used to transport the Pope through the crowds at Coventry Airport, York. Manchester and Cardiff.
Transport is being arranged for those disabled who wish to be present when the Pope visits Knavesmire racecourse, York.
The disabled are being formed into groups. No special transport will be provided from parking areas to the racecourse but will be provided from York station if essential.
Two deacons from the Salford diocese will be among the twelve priests to be ordained by Pope John Paul II in Heaton Park, Manchester. on May 31. One of them, Peter McDonough, has been almost totally deaf since birth and was educated at a special school for the deaf.
Having gained a degree in electronics, he began studies for the priesthood at the English College. Valladolid in Spain. He
Top prize for Graham
THE RLVLRLND Billy. Graham, the American Baptist evangelist who has" preached in more than 50 countries, has been awarded a British prize, the 1982 Templeton Foundation Prize for "Progress in Religion".
Mr Graham, known for his evangelical sermons and his support for ex-President Richard Nixon, is to receive the prize, worth more than LI00,000, at a ceremony in the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London on May I 1 this year.
The London-based Templeton Foundation, established in 1972 by the Presbyterian layman John Templeton, said that Mr Graham "is one of the most influential religious leaders."
Among other recipients of the prize have been Mother Teresa of Calcutta.
is now able to lip-read in both English and Spanish.
The other deacon, Kevin Foulkes, has been a teacher for eight years. After attending De la Salle College. Pendleton, near Manchester, he trained at De la Salle College of Education in Middleton and took his teacher's certificate in 1973.
He began his training for the priesthood at St Cuthbert's College, Ushaw, Durham, in 1977.
More than 20,000 Poles are expected to attend an address the Pope is to give to the Polish community at 7.45am on May 30, at Crystal Palace, South London.
Mgr Karol Zielinsk, of North London, the Vicar Delegate for the 100,000 Poles in England and Wales and in charge of arrangements for the Polish gathering, commented: "I am delighted that we are able to have our special meeting with the Holy Father. The Polish people of England and Wales will have a warm welcome for their most distinguished fellov. countryman."
The previous morning, May 29, the Pope is due to meet a representative gathering of religious priests, sisters and brothers at Digby Stuart College, Roehampton, London.
The event is being organised b!, the executive committee of the Conference of Major Religious Superiors. Fr Raymond Hewlett, the Provincial of the Franciscan Capuchins in England and Wales, who is co-ordinating arrangements, said: We are delighted that the Holy Father is addressing religious and we are now ActIl.v engaged in detailed planning.'
Plastic Papal souvenirs, in the form of credit cards, were being promoted last week with some assistance from Mr Ilityd Harrington, the Catholic deputy leader of the Greater London Council.
The plastic cards, which bear a picture of the Pope on one side and the familiar signature panel on the reverse, were on display at the county hall.
The man behind the scheme, Mr Barry Collins, also a Catholic, said that as a good Catholic he wished to make the Pope's visit a success.
A battle is reported to be developing between two major airlines, both wished to fly the Pope to this country in May. The dogfight is between British Caledonian and Alitalia.