Thursday, 16 September 2010

The Pope Has Arrived!


The Pope has landed in Scotland and has been welcomed by the Queen. The Pope expressed his delight at being in the United Kingdom. In his speech, which can be found on the Papal Visit website he reminded those listening of the Christian heritage of the United Kingdom and the vital part that the Christianity still has to play in the life of the country.  He said that "the exclusion of God, religion and virtue from public life leads ultimately to a truncated vision of man and of society."

On the plane he also addressed the issue of Child Abuse and not only did he onve again express his shock and sadness but he also that the Church had not been vigilant enough or quick enough to deal with the issue. In particular he said that he wanted to offer the victims "material, pyschological and spiritual" help. This is probably the strongest statement he has made about Child Abuse on his many visits abroad.

There will be further updates over the next few days as the visit continues.

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