IT is a major part of a Pope’s duties to visit dignitaries and followers in countries across the globe.
But when was the last time a Pontiff visited the UK — and who did he meet? Here’s a rundown of Pope Benedict XVI’s 2010 tour of Britain.
Pope Benedict XVI visited the UK in 2010[/caption]
When was the most recent Papal visit to the UK?
Pope Benedict XVI visited the UK on a four-day tour from 16-19 September 2010.
It was the first Papal visit to Britain since 1982 when Pope John Paul II visited 16 UK cities.
But this was a pastoral rather than an official State visit.
Pope Benedict met the then-PM David Cameron in 2010[/caption]
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Who did Pope Benedict meet during the 2010 UK visit?
Pope Benedict’s visit included meetings with the Queen and the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams.
He also met politicians such as new Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader David Cameron, the First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond, and leaders of the other main political parties.
He also conducted open air masses in Glasgow and Birmingham and a youth vigil in Hyde Park.
The main part of his stay Mass at Westminster Cathedral in London, attended by over 200,000 people.