papal visit UK

  • February 5, 2011

    A House of Commons Select Committee has asked why £1.85 million was taken from the international aid budget to fund Pope Benedict's 2010 visit to Britain.

  • October 17, 2010

    Many progressive Christians found themselves experiencing profoundly mixed feelings both about Pope Benedict’s visit and about the protests against it, says Simon Barrow. This is perhaps because neither imperial religion nor rejectionist forms of secularism are adequate to the task of remaking public life and public faith.

  • September 28, 2010

    Judgments on the recent visit to Britain of Pope Benedict XVI have been coming in thick and fast over the past week or so. Here is my comment for the current issue of the Baptist Times.

  • September 21, 2010

    We here in the UK have had blanket coverage of the Pope’s visit, which has apparently been global. On the whole the coverage irritated me, because, as always, the trivial dominated public debate. ‘Pope’s battle to save Christmas’ was a typical headline. ‘Pope: don’t let the PC brigade wreck Christmas’ – screamed Murdoch’s Sun newspaper. These headlines derive from the Pope’s speech at Westminster where he was quoted as saying that “there are those who argue that the public celebration of festivals such as Christmas should be discouraged, in the questionable belief that it might somehow offend those of other religions or none.”

  • September 20, 2010

    As Pope Benedict's visit to the UK comes to an end, I am left with a sense of sadness. Despite the words of Archbishop Vincent Nichols, attempting to paint the visit as he would perhaps have wished it to be – an endorsement of pluralism and a call to quiet dialogue rather than shrill confrontation, it seems hard to imagine a clearer example of differing cultures failing to understand each other than we have observed over the past few days.

  • September 19, 2010

    Some 80,000 people turned out to welcome the Pope in central London yesterday, while 11,000 joined a protest against his state visit.

  • September 17, 2010

    A poll of British Catholics has found that many disagree with conservative Catholic teachings, with almost half believing that gay relationships should be celebrated.

  • September 17, 2010

    Public gaffes made by Pope Benedict and his retired senior adviser Cardinal Kasper, in aligning atheism with Nazism and describing Britain’s social mix as being ‘like a Third World country’ show that the church needs to re-learn how to communicate by listening not lecturing, says the religion and society think-tank Ekklesia.

  • September 17, 2010

    Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the UK needs to promote mutual understanding, says Father Shay Cullen, to encourage common commitment to all areas of human need and suffering, and to emphasise world peace, justice and equality.

  • September 17, 2010

    Catholics working for women to be ordained in a reformed priesthood are conducting a 'walk of witness' before the Pope in London today.