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Friday, October 2, 2009

Benedict’s trip to Britain: new details emerge

by Ed West

Pope Benedict XVI will visit Britain next September in the first-ever papal state visit to the country.

It will be the first papal visit to Britain since 1982 when Pope John Paul II's pastoral six-day tour drew huge crowds, and the first state visit of a pontiff by government invitation.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown re-issued a formal invitation during a private audience in February.

A spokesman for Mr Brown said he was "delighted" and that "it would be a moving and momentous occasion for the whole country".

It has been suggested that the Pope will be present at the beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman. Church sources say London, Birmingham and Edinburgh would be likely destinations, as well as Oxford...

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Fr. Phillips is the founding pastor of Our Lady of the Atonement Catholic Church, the first Anglican Use parish, established on August 15, 1983. Not that there is any confusion, but he is on the left, shown in his younger, less gray-headed days.