Tony Blair has paid a visit to the Pope, fuelling rumours he plans to become a Roman Catholic. The outgoing British Prime Minister and his family met Benedict XVI in the Vatican, one of the stops on his farewell tour. Numerous media organisations are reporting the speculation that Blair, who is an Anglican, will wait until he leaves office on Wednesday before announcing his conversion to Catholicism. His wife is Catholic and his children attend Catholic schools.
Present at the Vatican meeting was the head of the Catholic Church in England. Blair has refused to discuss reports of a possible conversion, telling one newspaper the matter remains unresolved.
Outside the Vatican, British visitors had their say: “He’s going to do whatever Mr Bush says to do, not what he wants to do,” said one man. “His wife is Catholic, isn’t she? I can understand, you know, he’s finishing as prime minister, and it’s his choice,” said a woman.
It is reported Tony Blair was to later have lunch with the Catholic Archbishop of Westminster. This at the Rome College that was founded to train priests for England and Wales.