Benedict XVI - Cyprus 2010
September 16, 2011

, Sep 16, 2011 / 03:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News) .- “Pope Benedict XVI came, saw and conquered,” Cardinal Keith P. O’Brien of St. Andrews and Edinburgh said on the first anniversary of the papal visit to the U.K.

September 24, 2010

London, England, Sep 24, 2010 / 05:03 am (CNA/EWTN News) .- According to the primate of English and Welsh Catholics, the Holy Father set a "new agenda" for the faithful in Britain. A single message united all of the Pope's teachings during the trip, he said, that of the importance of faith in modern societies.

September 23, 2010

, Sep 23, 2010 / 12:56 am (CNA) .- Speaking for the Bishops' Conference of Scotland, Cardinal Keith O'Brien and Archbishop of Glasgow Mario Conti expressed their “heartfelt gratitude to all who made the visit of our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI to our country such a happy and memorable day.” The letter expressed appreciation for “months of hard work” on the part of “countless agencies and thousands of individuals.”

September 20, 2010

Birmingham, England, Sep 20, 2010 / 05:24 am (CNA/EWTN News) .- In the first ever meeting of its kind, the Holy Father told U.K. child safeguarding workers that they are an important part of the Church's response to the problem of child sex abuse. The national chair of the protection commission said the Pope made it "very clear" that the Church needs to work to better protect children and support victims.

September 19, 2010

Birmingham, England, Sep 19, 2010 / 03:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News) .- Before embarking on the papal plane for his return flight to Rome, the Holy Father marked the end of his visit to the U.K by recalling events within the last four days and thanking profusely all who demonstrated “hospitality” to him. Pope Benedict also expressed his hope that the trip helped strengthen “the excellent relations between the Holy See and the United Kingdom.”

Birmingham, England, Sep 19, 2010 / 01:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News) .- The Holy Father met with the bishops of Scotland, Wales and England at Oscott College in Birmingham on Sunday before concluding his papal visit to the United Kingdom. During his remarks to the prelates, Pope Benedict touched on the “deep thirst” that people within the U.K have for Christianity, urging the episcopal leaders to “offer them the living water of the Gospel.”

Birmingham, England, Sep 19, 2010 / 09:56 am (CNA/EWTN News) .- Behind the crowds who came to see the Pope are "hearts and minds that understand" the Pope's message, said the Fr. Federico Lombardi at his daily briefing. Noting Britain's "wonderful reception" of Benedict XVI, gauged the U.K.'s response to the four-day visit as "very, very positive."

Birmingham, England, Sep 19, 2010 / 08:50 am (CNA/EWTN News) .- Speaking to journalists less than an hour after Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman's beatification, Vatican spokesman Fr. Lombardi expressed confidence in his being canonized. There is a "concrete possibility," also, that he will be made a "doctor of the Church."

Birmingham, England, Sep 19, 2010 / 07:43 am (CNA/EWTN News) .- The Holy Father contrasted Cardinal Newman's "auspicious" beatification day with the commemoration of 70 years since the Battle of Britain on Sunday. He affirmed the commitment to peace and reconciliation as the alternative to war's "dreadful death and destruction."

Birmingham, England, Sep 19, 2010 / 06:51 am (CNA/EWTN News) .- In his homily during the beatification Mass, the Holy Father remembered the mark Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman left on Christianity, particularly to education. Noting his greatness together with that of English saints, he highlighted the Blessed's role as a "pastor of souls."

Birmingham, England, Sep 19, 2010 / 05:56 am (CNA/EWTN News) .- The Holy Father has declared that John Henry Cardinal Newman will "henceforth be invoked as Blessed." Despite inclement weather, tens of thousands of faithful attended to celebrate the life of Newman, revered for his intellectual contributions to Christianity.

September 18, 2010

London, England, Sep 18, 2010 / 09:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News) .- At a Saturday afternoon press conference Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi reflected on the progress of the papal visit. He said that Pope Benedict, as he expected, found a very positive attitude among the faithful despite the tone of pre-visit media coverage.

London, England, Sep 18, 2010 / 03:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News) .- A diverse and enthusiastic crowd of tens of thousands joined Pope Benedict XVI for his final event in London. Attendees told CNA they were extremely happy to join the event to bear witness to their faith and to show their love for the Pope.

London, England, Sep 18, 2010 / 02:27 pm (CNA/EWTN News) .- Saturday evening in London’s Hyde Park Pope Benedict XVI presided at the vigil of prayer for the beatification of Cardinal Newman. Encouraging young people to be open to God’s call, he said that Christians can neither go on with “business as usual” nor ignore the “profound crisis of faith” in modern society.

London, England, Sep 18, 2010 / 01:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News) .- The Holy Father visited a home for the elderly in London's Vauxhall area on Saturday afternoon. In his remarks, Pope Benedict referred to the growing population of elderly in the world as “a blessing for society.” He said that their care should be more a “repayment of a debt of gratitude” than a mere “act of generosity.”

London, England, Sep 18, 2010 / 12:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News) .- On Saturday at the Apostolic Nunciature in London, Pope Benedict XVI met with a group of victims of clerical sexual abuse, the Vatican’s press office has announced. There he expressed “deep sorrow and shame” over what victims and their families had suffered.

London, England, Sep 18, 2010 / 08:41 am (CNA/EWTN News) .- The Holy Father explained the meaning of mankind being created for love to a throng of young people on Saturday morning. To love, he said, is a decision made each day and at the source of it one can find his "true self" and vocation.

London, England, Sep 18, 2010 / 07:49 am (CNA/EWTN News) .- Expressing the “shame and humiliation” of all the Church for the suffering caused by priests who abuse children, the Holy Father hoped that through Christ victims might find healing and peace. He stressed his “deep sorrow”  for the crimes committed and hoped for healing of victims, purification of the Church and a renewal of her commitment to children.

London, England, Sep 18, 2010 / 06:47 am (CNA/EWTN News) .- The unity of Christ's sacrifice on the cross and his eternal priesthood is seen in Christ's Most Precious Blood, said Pope Benedict XVI at Saturday Mass. Calling it “the source of the Church's life,” he explained that the Church continues to share in Christ's Passion through the Eucharist and to be unified to Him through suffering and priestly dedication.

September 17, 2010

London, England, Sep 17, 2010 / 04:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News) .- Presiding over an ecumenical celebration on Friday evening at Westminster Abbey, Pope Benedict XVI noted that faith and fidelity to Christ will lead Christians to unity.

London, England, Sep 17, 2010 / 02:55 pm (CNA) .- In his Friday visit to Lambeth Palace, Pope Benedict XVI met with Archbishop Rowan Williams to discuss the state of Catholic-Anglican relations. In public remarks, the two leaders recalled the example of Cardinal Newman and noted both the difficulties and the promise of ecumenical dialogue in Christian friendship.

London, England, Sep 17, 2010 / 12:14 pm (CNA/EWTN News) .- Addressing a group of political, cultural, business and religious leaders at Westminster Hall on the second day of his state visit to Great Britain, Pope Benedict discussed what he described as “fundamental questions” about the moral responsibilities of government, and the role of religious faith in society. Decrying how Christianity has been marginalized in some Western societies, he urged leaders to engage in a “profound and ongoing dialogue” between reason and faith “for the good of our civilization.”

London, England, Sep 17, 2010 / 10:14 am (CNA/EWTN News) .- The Holy Father and those accompanying him on the U.K. trip are "totally calm" in spite of the news that five arrests were made because of a possible terrorist plot. Fr. Federico Lombardi said that the trip will go on as before.

London, England, Sep 17, 2010 / 08:37 am (CNA/EWTN News) .- Benedict XVI stressed the need for open minds in science on Friday, adding that researchers must be ready to consider religious and ethical perspectives. His words came as the U.K. prepares to pass provisions protecting sex changes next month.

London, England, Sep 17, 2010 / 06:09 am (CNA/EWTN News) .- Today the Holy Father encouraged schoolchildren in the U.K. to aim high and “not to be content with second-best.” Seeking holiness and “true happiness” in their lives, he said, will lead them to sainthood.

London, England, Sep 17, 2010 / 05:56 am (CNA/EWTN News) .- Catholic identity must be present in every aspect of Catholic schools, but, moreso, the life of faith must be their “driving force,” Benedict XVI told U.K. religious teachers today. Religious are a “powerful reminder” of this in schools, he said, as they form individuals who can “live life to the full” and ensure a safe environment for children.

September 16, 2010

, Sep 16, 2010 / 12:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News) .- During Mass at Glasgow's Bellahouston Park on Thursday afternoon the Holy Father called on Scottish Catholics not to be afraid to bring their faith into the public square. “Society today,” he explained, “needs clear voices which propose our right to live, not in a jungle of self-destructive and arbitrary freedoms, but in a society which works for the true welfare of its citizens.”

, Sep 16, 2010 / 11:56 am (CNA/EWTN News) .- “We couldn't desire a better start” for the Pope's visit to the U.K., said Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi, referring to the great crowds in Edinburgh. The Pope spent the morning at the queen's residence, but the thousands were able to see him traveling to and from the palace.

Madrid, Spain, Sep 16, 2010 / 11:49 am (CNA) .- Theologian Pablo Blanco of the University of Navarre in Spain commented this week that Pope Benedict XVI’s trip to the United Kingdom is a “courageous visit” in which the beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman “could be a sign of unity between Anglicans and Catholics.”

, Sep 16, 2010 / 07:42 am (CNA/EWTN News) .- Benedict XVI has called the United Kingdom to draw from its “Christian foundation” as it addresses the challenges of the modern day. He expressed hope that society would continue to respect the traditional values and cultural expressions which are no longer valued or tolerated by “more aggressive forms of secularism.”

Aboard the papal plane, Sep 16, 2010 / 06:41 am (CNA/EWTN News) .- The Pope has expressed his “shock” and “great sadness” due to sexual abuses by members of clergy. Victims of abuse must be given priority as the Church takes on pedophilia, he said, and perpetrators must be “excluded” from access to children.

Aboard the papal plane, Sep 16, 2010 / 05:57 am (CNA/EWTN News) .- The Holy Father remarked that it was with “great courage and joy” that he traveled to Great Britain on Thursday. Despite the U.K.'s history of anti-Catholicism, the Pope noted that he was sure he would be met with “tolerance.”

September 15, 2010

London, England, Sep 15, 2010 / 02:53 pm (CNA) .- Two days before the official state visit of Pope Benedict XVI to England and Scotland, British Prime Minister David Cameron offered the Holy Father a “very warm welcome” in a September 14 video message. The Pope's visit, he said, was an event of historic significance not only for Catholics, but for all citizens seeking to work for the common good.

Rome, Italy, Sep 15, 2010 / 01:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News) .- On the eve of Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the United Kingdom this week, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair wrote an article for L’Osservatore Romano praising the “intellectual courage” of both the Holy Father and Cardinal John Henry Newman as well as their fearless defense of the truth in the face of unpopularity.

London, England, Sep 15, 2010 / 08:19 am (CNA) .- Belfast-born author and journalist Leo McKinstry has said an anti-Catholic mood before the papal visit to the U.K. is comparable to the sectarianism of Northern Ireland. He blamed the antagonism upon the “politically correct spirit of our age” which emphasizes moral relativism and self-gratification.

September 11, 2010

Vatican City, Sep 11, 2010 / 08:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News) .- Cardinal Newman's beatification will convey the full meaning of Pope Benedict XVI's message for the papal visit to the UK, the Holy See's spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi has said. He added that Newman personified the “profound synthesis of the Christian faith and the British spirit.”

Vatican City, Sep 11, 2010 / 12:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News) .- Giving mixed reviews to BBC programs airing before the papal visit, the spokesman for Cardinal Newman’s beatification has said that the broadcaster is showing several viewpoints. One upcoming program on Pope Benedict will show “very poor journalism,” while another will be better crafted.

Vatican City, Sep 11, 2010 / 12:32 am (CNA/EWTN News) .- In advance of Pope Benedict XVI’s trip to the U.K., the head of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity has acknowledged “difficulties” in Catholic-Anglican relations. However, he said the papal visit will “strongly affirm the close bonds” between the two church bodies. He pointed to Cardinal Newman as a guide.

September 10, 2010

Vatican City, Sep 10, 2010 / 12:57 pm (CNA/EWTN News) .- Looking forward to the Pope's visit to Great Britain next week, the Vatican's spokesman said on Friday that there is "much serenity" as the date of departure nears. He also highlighted the true and original focus of the trip, Cardinal John Henry Newman's beatification.

September 9, 2010

, Sep 9, 2010 / 02:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News) .- A traditional plaid Scottish design, or tartan, has been created to commemorate the Pope's visit to Great Britain this month. The North Carolina creator of the design said the interlocking pattern of stripes tells the story of the Catholic Church in Scotland while interweaving elements of next week's trip.

September 8, 2010

Vatican City, Sep 8, 2010 / 04:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News) .- At today's general audience in Vatican City, Pope Benedict commented on his Sept. 16-19 visit to the United Kingdom, emphasizing his anticipation of the event and expressing his gratitude for the effort that has gone into the preparations.

September 7, 2010

London, England, Sep 7, 2010 / 08:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News) .- Organizers of the papal visit to England and Scotland have released a detailed itinerary for the Holy Father's journeys in the popemobile from September 16 to 18. Pope Benedict's routes will take him through Edinburgh and London, with several stops highlighting the rich Catholic heritage of Great Britain.

Vatican City, Sep 7, 2010 / 10:45 am (CNA/EWTN News) .- As the United Kingdom prepares for Pope Benedict XVI's September 16-19 visit, the Vatican has released the current statistics on the Catholic Church in Great Britain.

August 31, 2010

London, England, Aug 31, 2010 / 03:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News) .- The post office of the Isle of Man, a small independently-governed island near the U.K., issued a set of  commemorative stamps this month honoring Venerable John Henry Cardinal Newman, along with Pope Benedict XVI. The Pope will officially beatify the English cardinal at the end of his visit to England and Scotland from September 16 to 19.

August 30, 2010

, Aug 30, 2010 / 12:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News) .- Based on the results of a recent survey and the disappearance of protest plans in Scotland, the spokesman for the Scottish Bishops' Conference (SCMO) has declared that the Pope's visit has the support of the people. Scottish Cardinal Keith O'Brien said that this result confirms the good nature of the people of his country.

August 25, 2010

, Aug 25, 2010 / 04:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News) .- Susan Boyle said in an interview on Wednesday that she is "honored and humbled" for the invitation to sing for the Pope in her homeland of Scotland next month. The performances she will make during the Pope's visit are "her greatest dream come true."

August 20, 2010

, Aug 20, 2010 / 04:56 am (CNA/EWTN News) .- "We hope that the illuminating presence of Benedict XVI might help many in our lands to understand that faith in God is not a problem to resolve, but a gift to rediscover," wrote the head of the bishops of England and Wales on Friday. Several key moments during the Pope's visit will offer a platform for him to emphasize the importance of bringing God into public life, the archbishop explained.

August 19, 2010

, Aug 19, 2010 / 12:45 am (CNA) .- The surprise music sensation Susan Boyle will sing for Pope Benedict XVI during his visit to the U.K., a spokesman for the Catholic Church in Scotland has confirmed. Boyle will be joined by music star Michelle McManus, who is already scheduled to sing before the Papal Mass in Glasgow.

August 18, 2010

Vatican City, Aug 18, 2010 / 03:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News) .- The Vatican's spokesman hopes that the Pope's visit to the U.K. will make known the positive contribution of the Christian faith to a widely "secularized" society. Touching on the delicacy of relations between Anglicans and Catholics, he also commented that meetings between the Pope and representatives of the Church of England during the trip are "very significant."

August 6, 2010

Rome, Italy, Aug 6, 2010 / 04:53 am (CNA/EWTN News) .- The Holy Father's September visit "speaks of rapprochement" - that is, cordial relations - between the Vatican and the United Kingdom, explained the nation's ambassador to Holy See. Speaking to CNA, he said that the "principal symbolic moment" on the schedule of events, even for the state, is the beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman in Birmingham.

August 5, 2010

Rome, Italy, Aug 5, 2010 / 09:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News) .- According to the U.K. ambassador to the Holy See, Britain is "very proud" of its shared relationship with the Catholic Church. Despite critique and controversy, he told CNA in an interview that there is great interest in the Pope's visit this coming fall, and if people listen to his words closely, they might find that the Catholic Church is a "force for good."

July 28, 2010

London, England, Jul 28, 2010 / 06:39 am (CNA/EWTN News) .- The importance of Great Britain's relationship with the Holy See could surprise critics during the papal visit there this fall. In spite of the complications in planning the joint state and pastoral visit, the U.K.'s special representative for the occasion is predicting it will be a "terrific success."

July 26, 2010

, Jul 26, 2010 / 07:29 pm (CNA) .- Responding to reports that people are being asked to pay a donation for free tickets to the papal Mass during Pope Benedict’s visit to Scotland, organizers have said that the fee is intended to recoup expenses for an entire parish group, not for individuals. One bishop suggested parishes have creative fundraisers to defray costs.

July 23, 2010

Lancaster, England, Jul 23, 2010 / 08:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News) .- A new website has been created to defend Pope Benedict XVI from media attacks ahead of his arrival in Great Britain this coming September. The site aims to offer information to provide the Pope with protection using prayer, truth and law.

July 21, 2010

London, England, Jul 21, 2010 / 08:17 pm (CNA/EWTN News) .- A May response from the U.K. government to an electronic petition asking it to "disassociate" itself from the views of Pope Benedict XVI has resurfaced in the news. The petition's author argued it was prematurely closed to help the Pope save face, but evidence shows his petition was halted like all the others.