Pope Benedict In State Visit To Britain

Pope Benedict XVI arrives in Scotland today to begin his four-day tour of Britain.t will be the first state visit by a Pontiff to Britain since Pope John Paul II made a pastoral visit in 1982. Pope Benedict will be greeted by the Queen in Edinburgh before heading to London, where he will meet Prime Minister David Cameron. His Holiness will tour the capital for two days and then travel to Birmingham for his last day before returning to Rome. Speaking in the Vatican earlier this week, the Pope thanked Britons for their hard work ahead of his visit."I am aware of the vast amount of work that has gone into the preparations for the visit, not only by the Catholic community but by the Government, the local authorities in Scotland, London and Birmingham," he said. "I want to say how much I appreciate the efforts that have been made to ensure that the various events planned will be truly joyous celebrations." Thousands of devoted Catholics are expected to turn out to see the Pope at each of his public events.