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Poor turnout on day two of Pope's vist

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Poor turnout on day two of Pope's vist

There’s been a poor turnout for the early events on day two of the Pope’s official visit to the United Kingdom.

Benedict the XVIth held a special service for young people at St Mary’s University College in Strawberry Hill in South West London, but many fewer than the expected 4000 people attended.

Later in the day the Pontiff will address the houses of Parliament and hold talks with the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams.

On the first day of his four day trip the Pope met with Queen Elizabeth and held an open air mass for 70 000 Catholics – but the visit takes place against a backdrop of concern over child sex abuse scandals involving Catholic Priests and alleged attempts to poach clergy from the Church of England.