Pope Benedict XVI will visit Glasgow and Edinburgh in September

February 6, 2010

Gordon Brown invited Pope Benedict XVI to the UK during a private audience with him in February.

The Pontiff told the bishops: “Later this year, I shall have the joy of being present with you and the Catholics of Scotland on your native soil.”

Cardinal Keith O’Brien thanked the Pope for his teaching and promised him a “heartfelt welcome” saying “we are thrilled that your visit will include Scotland”.

In his remarks, Pope Benedict gave support to Scotland’s catholic schools. He said: “Faith schools are a powerful force for social cohesion.”

Referring to the Reformation 450 years ago, which the Pontiff described as a “great rupture with Scotland’s Catholic past”, he stressed the need for ongoing ecumenical dialogue to ensure “the work of rebuilding unity among the followers of Christ is carried forward with constancy and commitment”.

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