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Pope in UK warns against 'aggressive secularism'

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Pope in UK warns against 'aggressive secularism'


The Pope’s state visit to the UK is entering its second day.

A meeting with the leader of the Anglican church, the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, is on the agenda.

He began the visit in Scotland, rounding off the day with a mass in Glasgow attended by 70,000 people who had each paid 25 euros to take part.

The 83-year-old pontiff has a delicate path to tread in Britain, having made it easier last year for Anglicans unhappy about women priests and gay bishops in the Church of England to convert to Catholicism.

But he still made a big impression.

“It was so cool. The Pope looked really relaxed, he was just waving,” said one schoolgirl in Edinburgh. “Then, like, the Cardinal was going crazy, and I think we had the most flags so we were very happy. It was so cool, I have never seen the Pope before. It was so cool!”

He was greeted by the Queen, the titular head of the Anglican Church, at Holyroodhouse Palace and urged Britons to guard against what he called ‘aggressive secularism.’

Later, the welcome in the capital from London’s Mayor Boris Johnson might well have been warm, but there have already been visible protests against the Catholic Church’s views on homosexuality and a string of scandals involving priests who abused children.

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