The Pope has held talks with the most senior cleric in the Church of England on the second day of his four day visit to the United Kingdom.
Pope Benedict and the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams exchanged gifts at Lambeth Palace.
Their meeting came against a backdrop of tension over alleged attempts by the Catholic Church to “poach” members of the conservative wing of the Church of England.
“Perhaps, we shall not quickly overcome the remaining obstacles to full restored communion,” said Williams. “But no obstacles stand in the way of our seeking – as a matter of joyful obedience to the Lord – more ways in which to build up one another in holiness.”
Earlier in the day some 3500 school children and students attended an assembly with the Pope at St Mary’s University College in Twickenham.
Outside the meeting, several hundred members of the Protest the Pope Campaign held a counter-demonstration to protest at the Catholic church’s policy on homosexuality and contraception.
Other demonstrators heckled the papal motorcade, accusing the Catholic Church of hypocrisy and lies over the abuse of children by priests.