The Papal visit provided an opportunity for representatives of different faiths to gather together and share their experiences of engaging with civil society.
During his 2010 visit to the UK, Pope Benedict visited St Peter’s Residence, a Catholic care home in Vauxhall. As he met with the residents, the Pope spoke movingly about his own experience of ageing.
As he addressed schoolchildren from all over the country, Pope Benedict encouraged them to grow in holiness, and asked those who teach them to let this aim shape their approach to education.
'Those twenty or so minutes in the presence of the Pope have created for me a lasting memory, part of a collective memory of this visit for many Catholics.'
Oliver Rafferty SJ analyses the significance of the honest but welcoming words exchanged by Pope Benedict and the Archbishop of Canterbury.
When Pope Benedict met with faith leaders on the second day of his visit, he not only spoke of the shared virtues of all people of faith, but advocated ‘face to face’ engagement as an integral part of dialogue, reports Michael Barnes SJ.
Pope Benedict prayed with members of the religious congregations of the United Kingdom, and focused particularly on their role as educators.
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