Excerpts from greeting speeches by pope and queen in Edinburgh

By Reuters Staff
September 16, 2010

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Pope Benedict and Queen Elizabeth delivered short speeches in Edinburgh at the start of the pontiff’s four-day visit to Britain. Here are excerpts from their comments:

Factbox – Planned protests during pope’s visit to Britain

September 16, 2010

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Demonstrations are planned for Pope Benedict’s four-day state visit to England and Scotland, with the main focus likely to be on a Protest the Pope campaign march in central London Saturday, Sept 18.

Feisty debates between Catholics and secularists before pope visit to Britain

September 15, 2010

arrest the pope002If you like debates about religion but were turned off by the uproar in the United States over Koran-burning and the New York Islamic centre, take a look at the rhetorical duelling that’s been going on in Britain ahead of Pope Benedict’s visit there starting on Thursday. For the past few weeks, the leading lights of secularist and atheist thought have been hammering away at the Catholic Church, playing up its sins like the sexual abuse crisis and arguing that the pope doesn’t deserve the honour of a state visit. A quick Google search digs out plenty of them.

Pope must make amends, say British abuse victims

September 15, 2010

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Victims of abuse by Catholic priests urged the Vatican on the eve of Pope Benedict’s visit to Britain to hand over lists of suspected offenders to the police to prevent further cases of clerical sex crimes.

Seats still going for pope’s visit to Britain this week

September 14, 2010

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Thousands of seats have yet to be filled for Pope Benedict’s public masses in England and Scotland this week, a far cry from the warm welcome his predecessor received nearly 30 years ago.

from The Great Debate UK:

Pope’s visit both punctual and provident

By Madeleine Teahan
September 14, 2010

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from The Great Debate UK:

Britain counts cost of Benedict’s visit

By Terry Sanderson
September 13, 2010

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- Terry Sanderson is  President of the National Secular Society. The opinions expressed are his own.-

Rare pope trip to Britain faces welcome ranging from polite to hostile

September 13, 2010

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Pope Benedict this week makes a challenging trip to Britain — only the second by a pope in history — and his welcome in one of Europe’s most secular nations will range from polite to indifferent and even hostile.

Expect papal meeting with UK sexual abuse victims — Patten

September 7, 2010

pattenOne regular but regularly unannounced feature of papal trips in recent years has been the private meeting with local Catholics who were sexually abused as youths by priests. Journalists only find out about them after they’ve taken place. Just such a meeting seems to be on the cards during Pope Benedict’s visit to Britain next week, but of course it does not appear in his official schedule. Chris Patten, the prime minister’s special representative for the papal visit,  said as much on Monday in an interview with BBC television (quote at the end of the clip):

“Ordain women,” London bus ads will urge Pope Benedict during September visit

August 26, 2010

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Pope Benedict will be confronted by posters on London’s famous red buses during his trip to the British capital next month which will call for the ordination of women priests.