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Pope Benedict XVI to make first ever official papal visit to Britain

Publié par Clifford Armion le 24/09/2009

Francis Elliott and Ruth Gledhill

"Pope Benedict XVI will come to Britain next year, making the first state visit by a pontiff. He is expected to meet the Queen, the Supreme Governor of the Church of England, and may stay at Buckingham Palace.

"The historic event, probably in September, is likely to overshadow even the triumphant pastoral visit of Pope John Paul II in 1982. Unlike John Paul II, whose visit almost did not take place because of the Falklands conflict, the pontiff will meet the Prime Minister in a series of events over three days, which it is hoped will finally consign to the past Britain's post-Reformation legacy of anti-Catholic prejudice.

"Gordon Brown extended an invitation during an audience in February and preparations have been under way for some time. The draft itinerary is understood to include Birmingham, Oxford and Edinburgh. The Pope is not expected to visit Northern Ireland."

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"Pope Benedict XVI to make first ever official papal visit to Britain", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), septembre 2009. Consulté le 13/05/2021. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/pope-benedict-xvi-to-make-first-ever-official-papal-visit-to-britain