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#Pope In The UK

# pope-in-the-uk - Sunday 26 August, 2018

'No mention of accountability or cover-up' - Criticism of pope's Knock Shrine speech on clerical abuse

Pope Francis begged for God’s forgiveness for the “sins” by members of the clergy.

# pope-in-the-uk - Friday 17 September, 2010

Pope warns kids against celebrity culture

Down with that sort of thing, says Benedict XVI.

# pope-in-the-uk - Monday 13 September, 2010

Britain "ignorant about religion" as Pope tickets remain unsold

Brits knows more about Paul Newman than John Henry Newman, says an Opus Dei spokesman, as Ian Paisley plans a protest.

# pope-in-the-uk - Tuesday 24 August, 2010

PILGRIMS HOPING TO see Pope Benedict at one of his public events when he visits England and Scotland next month have been asked not to bring musical instruments or steel cutlery – or candles – to his engagements.

An extensive list of do’s and don’ts have been added to the official website of his visit, advising potential pilgrims on what is considered acceptable at the various events taking place in London, Birmingham and Glasgow.

Visitors are told they are allowed to bring banners and flags, blankets and deckchairs, but are given a comprehensive list of prohibited items, including:

  • Alcohol
  • Gazebos
  • Canopies
  • BBQs
  • Animals (except guide dogs)
  • Open flames, including candles
  • Musical instruments [presumably, we assume, the vuvuzela]
  • Whistles
  • Bicycles
  • Standing platforms
  • Glass items of any type
  • Compressed gas cylinders and other fuel containers

Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend Benedict’s various appointments, thought the crowds are not likely to exceed the one million people who watched his predecessor, John Paul II, give Mass in the Phoenix Park in 1979.

Benedict’s visit will also see him beatify Cardinal John Henry Newman, the founder of the Catholic University of Ireland – later UCD – at a service in Birmingham, leaving Newman just one step away from full sainthood.

Numerous protests are planned for his visit, including one by atheist author Richard Dawkins who hopes to place him under citizen’s arrest for his alleged complicit behaviour in clerical sexual abuse – leading to a prospective change in UK law.

# pope-in-the-uk - Saturday 24 July, 2010

BRITAIN’S JUSTICE SECRETARY has proposed to significantly change UK law in an attempt to stop human rights campaigners from performing a citizen’s arrest on the Pope when he visits England in autumn.

Sky News reports that Government officials are “seriously concerned” over plans of campaigners – including noted atheist author Richard Dawkins – to prosecute the Pope under international criminal law.

The campaigners – which also include journalist Christopher Hitchens – want to prosecute Pope Benedict for his alleged role in the cover-up of clerical sex abuse.

But Conversative justice minister Ken Clarke has proposed changes to the rules on ‘international jurisdiction‘ which would require the consent of the Director of Public Prosecutions to consent to an arrest warrant.

The government denies that the plans relate directly to the Pope, however, and says that the issue was exposed when a former Israeli minister cancelled a trip after a similar warrant was sought for her arrest.

When in the UK, the Pope will beatify Cardinal John Henry Newman, the founder of UCD, in a Mass expected to be attended by up to ten thousand.

Clarke said “it would be appropriate to require the consent of the Director of Public Prosecutions before an arrest warrant can be issued to a private prosecutor in respect of an offence of universal jurisdiction.”

The move will face opposition from human rights advocates separately to the criticism of the Pope, however, as it effectively takes the matter of international prosecutions out of the hands of the courts.