source – www.number10.gov.uk
Prime Minister David Cameron has offered Pope Benedict XVI a “very warm welcome” to Britain ahead of his “incredibly important and historic visit”.
Pope Benedict XVI starts his four day official visit to the UK on Thursday 16 September. This is the first ever official Papal visit to the UK.
The Pope will be visiting Edinburgh, Glasgow, London and Birmingham.
The PM said:
“This is the first ever Official Papal Visit to these shores. And it’s a great honour for our country.
“These will be a very special four days not just for our six million Catholics but for many people of faith right across Britain, and millions more watching around the world.”
He went on to say that the trip “is a unique opportunity to celebrate the enormous contribution that all our faith communities make to our society”.
“That society should be about more than materialism. It should be about shared values and about working for the common good.”
“Of course, not everyone will agree with everything the Pope says, but that shouldn’t prevent us from acknowledging that the Pope’s broader message can help challenge us to ask searching questions about our society and how we treat ourselves and each other.”
Pope Benedict XVI will visit the UK as Head of State of the Holy See and as the leader of a major denomination.