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Monday 24 November 2014

Pope Benedict makes historic visit to Lambeth Palace

Pope Benedict XVI meets Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams at Lambeth Palace
Pope Benedict XVI meets Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams at Lambeth Palace
Pope Benedict XVI greets former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher in Westminster Hall
Pope Benedict XVI during a Celebration of Evening Prayer, at Westminster Abbey
Former British Prime Ministers Sir John Major and Baroness Thatcher, Foreign Secretary William Hague and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg await Pope Benedict XVI in Westminster Hall
Dean of Westminster John Hall (R) escorts Pope Benedict XVI (2nd R) as he arrives at Westminster Abbey
Pope Benedict XVI leaves Lambeth Palace in the 'Popemobile' for the short journey to Westminster Hall
Pope Benedict XVI leaves Westminster Hall in the 'Popemobile' in central London
Former British Prime Ministers Tony Blair (right) and Gordon Brown await the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI in Westminster Hall, London
Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown greets Cherie Blair as they wait for Pope Benedict XVI to arrive to give a speech at Westminster Hall, London
Pope Benedict XVI is embraced by the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams during a Celebration of Evening Prayer at Westminster Abbey
Pope Benedict XVI is embraced by the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams during a Celebration of Evening Prayer at Westminster Abbey
Pope Benedict XVI crosses Lambeth Bridge on his way to the Houses of Parliament after meeting the Archbishop of Canterbury
Pope Benedict XVI crosses Lambeth Bridge on his way to the Houses of Parliament after meeting the Archbishop of Canterbury
Pope Benedict XVI crosses Lambeth Bridge on his way to the Houses of Parliament after meeting the Archbishop of Canterbury
Pope Benedict XVI greets a young child as he arrives for a celebration of Catholic education at St Mary's University College, Twickenham, in SW London
Pope Benedict XVI during The Big Assembly a celebration of Catholic education at St Mary's University College, Twickenham, in London
Pope Benedict XVI during The Big Assembly a celebration of Catholic education at St Mary's University College, Twickenham, in London
MP Peter Tatchell joins other protesters during a demonstration, as Pope Benedict XVI arrives at St Mary's University College, Twickenham, in South West London
MP Peter Tatchell joins other protesters during a demonstration, as Pope Benedict XVI arrives at St Mary's University College, Twickenham, in South West London
Pope Benedict XVI during The Big Assembly a celebration of Catholic education at St Mary's University College, Twickenham, in London
Pope Benedict XVI during The Big Assembly a celebration of Catholic education at St Mary's University College, Twickenham, in London
People look on as Pope Benedict XVI attends The Big Assembly a celebration of Catholic education at St Mary's University College, Twickenham, in London
A school girl holds a decorated crucifix and a Papal flag as she watches Pope Benedict XVI at The Big Assembly gathering at St Mary's University College during day two of his four day state visit at Twickenham
Benedict XVI arrives for a celebration of Catholic education at St Mary's University College, Twickenham, in London
A nun passes through a security checkpoint during preparations for Pope Benedict XVI visit to St Mary's University College, Twickenham, in south west London
Children with their cameras await the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI for his visit to St Mary's University College, Twickenham, in south west London
A nun walks past police officers during preparations for Pope Benedict XVI arrival at St Mary's University College, Twickenham, in south west London
Police motorcyclists prepare for Pope Benedict XVI arrival at St Mary's University College, Twickenham, in south west London
Pope Benedict XVI greets school children as he arrives at St Mary's University College at Twickenham
Signs on the pavement outside St Mary's University College, Twickenham, in south west London, before the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI
Pope Benedict XVI travels in the back of a car as he passes protestors on his arrival at St Mary's University College during day two of his four day state visit to the United Kingdom at Twickenham
Protestors are watched by police before the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI for his visit to St Mary's University College, Twickenham, in south west London
Pope Benedict XVI during a mass at Bellahouston Park in Glasgow
Pope Benedict XVI during a mass at Bellahouston Park in Glasgow
Pope Benedict XVI arrives for the Papal Mass at Bellahouston Park on September 16, 2010 in Glasgow
Pope Benedict XVI during a mass at Bellahouston Park in Glasgow
Susan Boyle performs at Bellahouston Park in Glasgow, ahead of an open-air mass by Pope Benedict XVI
Pope Benedict XVI kisses a young child as he arrives for the Papal Mass at Bellahouston Park on September 16, 2010 in Glasgow, Scotland
Baby Maria Tyszczak with her mother Marzena Tyszczak, who Pope Benedict XVI blessed, as he arrived at Glasgow's Bellahouston Park ahead of an open-air mass during the first day of a four day visit to the United Kingdom
Guests wait to greet Pope Benedict XVI in the gardens at the Palace of Holyroodhouse during day one of his four day state visit to the United Kingdom
The Reverend Ian Paisley joined a protest in Edinburgh against the visit of Pope Benedict XVI
A demonstrator in Edinburgh as Pope Benedict XVI begins his first papal state visit to the UK
Joseph O'Driscoll originally from Dublin protests with a placard along Lothian Road, Edinburgh ahead of the visit of Pope Benedict XVI who arrived in the city earlier in the day for a four day visit to the United Kingdom
Queen Elizabeth II and Pope Benedict XVI pass Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond (left) as they walk through the gardens at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, on the first day of his four day visit to the United Kingdom
The Reverend Ian Paisley (right) joins a protest in Edinburgh against the visit of Pope Benedict XVI who arrived in the city earlier in the day for a four day visit to the United Kingdom
Queen Elizabeth II and Pope Benedict XVI walk through the gardens at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, on the first day of his four day visit to the United Kingdom
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh listen as Pope Benedict XVI addresses a crowd in the gardens at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, on the first day of his four day visit to the United Kingdom
Queen Elizabeth II and Pope Benedict XVI meet school children outside the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen's official residence in Scotland, on September 16, 2010 in Edinburgh
Pilgrims gather before the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI for the Papal Mass at Bellahouston Park on September 16, 2010 in Glasgow, Scotland
Pilgrims gather ahead of the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI for the Papal Mass at Bellahouston Park, Glasgow
Queen Elizabeth II and Pope Benedict XVI meet school children outside the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen's official residence in Scotland
The Reverend Ian Paisley joins a protest in Edinburgh against the visit of Pope Benedict XVI who arrived in the city earlier in the day for a four day visit to the United Kingdom
Pope Benedict XVI rides in the Popemobile down Edinburgh's Princes Street on the first day of his four day visit to the United Kingdom
Pope Benedict XVI rides in the Popemobile down Edinburgh's Princes Street on the first day of his four day visit to the United Kingdom
Pope Benedict XVI rides in the Popemobile down Edinburgh's Princes Street on the first day of his four day visit to the United Kingdom
The Reverend Ian Paisley joins a protest in Edinburgh against the visit of Pope Benedict XVI who arrived in the city earlier in the day for a four day visit to the United Kingdom
The Reverend Ian Paisley speaks to the press outside the Magdalen Chapel, Edinburgh, after protesting against the visit of Pope Benedict XVI who arrived in the city earlier in the day for a four day visit to the United Kingdom
The Reverend Ian Paisley speaks to the press outside the Magdalen Chapel, Edinburgh, after protesting against the visit of Pope Benedict XVI who arrived in the city earlier in the day for a four day visit to the United Kingdom
Pope Benedict XVI rides in the Popemobile down Edinburgh's Princes Street on the first day of his four day visit to the United Kingdom
Pope Benedict XVI rides in the Popemobile down Edinburgh's Princes Street on the first day of his four day visit to the United Kingdom
Pope Benedict XVI rides in the Popemobile down Edinburgh's Princes Street on the first day of his four day visit to the United Kingdom
Pope Benedict XVI replaces his zucchetto after the British national anthem is played during his meeting with Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh on the first day of his four day visit to the United Kingdom
Members of the public in Glasgow's Bellahouston Park ahead of an open-air mass by Pope Benedict XVI, as he begins the first papal state visit to the UK
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh talk with Pope Benedict XVI during an audience in the Morning Drawing Room at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh walk with Pope Benedict XVI to the Morning Drawing Room in the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen's official residence in Scotland
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II exchanges gifts with Pope Benedict XVI during an audience in the Morning Drawing Room at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh
Queen Elizabeth II greets Pope Benedict XVI at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh on the first day of his four day visit to the United Kingdom
Queen Elizabeth II meets Pope Benedict XVI as Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg (left) and First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond (right) watch on at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh on the first day of his four day visit to the United Kingdom
Pope Benedict XVI replaces his zucchetto as he meets with Queen Elizabeth II at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh on the first day of his four day visit to the United Kingdom
Pope Benedict XVI replaces his zucchetto as he meets with Queen Elizabeth II at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh on the first day of his four day visit to the United Kingdom
Pope Benedict XVI is met by the Duke of Edinburgh as he arrives in Scotland to begin the first papal state visit to the UK
Pope Benedict XVI is met by the Duke of Edinburgh as he arrives in Edinburgh, Scotland, to begin the first papal state visit to the UK
Pope Benedict XVI is met by the Duke of Edinburgh (left) as he arrives in Edinburgh, Scotland, to begin the first papal state visit to the UK
A close up view of the shoes worn by Pope Benedict XVI as he arrives in Scotland to begin the first papal state visit to the UK
Pope Benedict XVI arrives in Edinburgh, Scotland, to begin the first papal state visit to the UK
Pope Benedict XVI arrives in Edinburgh, Scotland, to begin the first papal state visit to the UK
The altar at Bellahouston Park, Glasgow, where Pope Benedict XVI will preside over an open-air mass on the first day of his four-day visit to the United Kingdom
Pope Benedict XVI arrives in Scotland to begin the first papal state visit to the UK
Merchandise commemorating the State Papal visit at grounds of Bellahouston Park, Glasgow, ahead of a mass by Pope Benedict
Flag sellers in Edinburgh ahead of the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI in, where he will begin the first papal state visit to the UK
The altar at Bellahouston Park, Glasgow, where Pope Benedict XVI will preside over an open-air mass on the first day of his four-day visit to the United Kingdom
Preparations continue at Bellahouston Park, Glasgow, where Pope Benedict XVI will preside over an open-air mass on the first day of his four-day visit to the United Kingdom
Preparations continue at Bellahouston Park, Glasgow, where Pope Benedict XVI will preside over an open-air mass on the first day of his four-day visit to the United Kingdom
A member of the public wearing a kilt and holding a bag commemorating the State Papal visit at grounds of Bellahouston Park, Glasgow, ahead of a mass by Pope Benedict
The grounds of Bellahouston Park, Glasgow, ahead a mass by Pope Benedict
An advert on a billboard by the Good Without God organization in Glasgow ahead of a visit by Pope Benedict
Merchandise commemorating the State Papal visit at grounds of Bellahouston Park, Glasgow, ahead of a mass by Pope Benedict
Members of the public await the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI in Edinburgh, Scotland, where he will begin the first papal state visit to the UK
Staff at Edinburgh Airport prepare the red carpet for Pope Benedict XVI ahead of his arrival there at the start of his four day visit to the United Kingdom
The papal chair at Bellahouston Park, Glasgow, where Pope Benedict XVI will preside over an open-air mass on the first day of his four-day visit to the United Kingdom

Pope Benedict XVI made history yesterday by becoming the first pontiff to set foot inside Lambeth Palace.

He was welcomed to the Palace by Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams.

Also in the welcoming committee were the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, the Archbishop of Wales Dr Barry Morgan and the Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, Most Rev David Chillingworth.





Lambeth Palace, on the south bank of the River Thames, has been the London residence of archbishops of Canterbury since the 13th century.





It acts as a home for the Archbishop and his family when in London and as the central office for his ministry.





Dr Williams led the Pope to the Great Hall of the Palace to a gathering of Church of England diocesan bishops and Roman Catholic bishops of England, Scotland and Wales.





The bishops cheered as the pair entered the room and the Pontiff waved at the crowd.





Dr Williams welcomed the Pope and spoke of the historic visit as "a special time of grace and of growth in our shared calling".





He said: "It is a particular pleasure that on this historic occasion we are able to come together as bishops of the Roman Catholic and Anglican Churches in this country to greet you, Your Holiness, during a visit which we all hope will be of significance both to the Church of Christ and to British society.





"May this historic visit be for all of us a special time of grace and of growth in our shared calling, as you, Your Holiness, bring us the word of the Gospel afresh."





Dr Williams said Christian leaders must be ready to fight back against the critics of religion.





He said their duty "involves a readiness to respond to the various trends in our cultural environment that seek to present Christian faith as both an obstacle to human freedom and a scandal to human intellect".





Dr Williams continued: "Our presence together as British bishops here today is a sign of the way in which, in this country, we see our task as one and indivisible.





"Our fervent prayer is that this visit will give us fresh energy and vision for working together.





"Meeting, as we do, as bishops of separated church communities, we must all feel that each of our own ministries is made less by the fact of our dividedness, a very real but imperfect communion.





"Perhaps we shall not quickly overcome the remaining obstacles to full, restored communion.





"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 by prayer and public celebration together, by closer friendship, and by growing together both in the challenging work of service for all whom Christ loves, and mission to all God has made."





Addressing the bishops, the Pope acknowledged the obstacles to unity between the Catholic and Anglican churches, saying: "It is not my intention today to speak of the difficulties that the ecumenical path has encountered and continues to encounter. Those difficulties are well known to everyone here."





He said he wanted to give thanks for "the deep friendship that has grown between us".





The Pope said society was moving away from its Christian heritage.





He said: "On the one hand, the surrounding culture is growing ever more distant from its Christian roots, despite a deep and widespread hunger for spiritual nourishment.





"On the other hand, the increasingly multicultural dimension of society, particularly marked in this country, brings with it the opportunity to encounter other religions."





He said moves towards unity in the two churches "will surely bear fruit in promoting peace and harmony in a world that so often seems at risk of fragmentation".





The Pope urged Christians to stand up for their faith, saying: "We Christians never hesitate to proclaim our faith."





The Archbishop and the Pope then exchanged gifts.





Dr Williams presented the Pontiff with a leather-bound diptych - two panels hinged together - of facsimiles of illuminations from the 12th-century Lambeth Bible.





The two panels represent the Biblical story from Genesis to Christ and the Church.





The Romanesque-style Bible is thought to have been written and illustrated in Canterbury between 1150 and 1170.





The Pope presented the Archbishop with a copy of the "Codex Pauli", prepared in Rome to celebrate the Pauline Year in 2009 - the year of St Paul.





One of Dr Williams' essays is bound into the newly illustrated volume.





After the Pontiff led a closing prayer, the pair retired to the Archbishop's residence for a private meeting.





Dr Williams has met the Pope four times in Rome since his election to the Papacy in 2005.





Both men are outstanding academics, and are said to enjoy a good relationship.





But the meeting comes after tensions between the two churches over a scheme unveiled last year by the Vatican allowing disaffected Anglicans to join the Catholic Church while retaining key elements of their spiritual heritage.





The announcement of the so-called "personal ordinariates" came as Dr Williams struggled to deal with the fallout within his own church over introducing women bishops.





The introduction of women bishops in the Church of England, which moved a step closer this summer, has been opposed by the Vatican as a "break with apostolic tradition" and a "further obstacle" to any efforts at dialogue between the two churches.





To add to the tensions, in July the Vatican listed the attempted ordination of a woman, just as sexual abuse of a child by a priest, as one of the most grave crimes that exists in the Catholic Church.







The Pontiff also met the Archbishop's wife, Jane Williams, and viewed some displays in Lambeth Palace Library.





The library hosts a store of ecclesiastical documents covering, alongside the records of the Church of England, the archive of former Archbishops of Canterbury.





After the meeting, the Pope left Lambeth Palace, 10 minutes behind schedule, and was helped down the steps of the official residence by Dr Williams.





He climbed into the Popemobile in the courtyard of the Palace and began his journey to Westminster Hall.





Police intervened during an angry exchange between protesters and Papal supporters before a mixture of boos and cheers greeted the Pope's departure from Lambeth Palace.





As one man, holding hands with two children, attacked campaigners for "ruining the day", Bill Maloney, 55, from Lewisham, said: "I was abused as a child, I've every right to be here."





Amid fears that the argument could turn violent, officers separated the two groups.





Speaking afterwards, Mr Maloney said: "I was abused in a Catholic institution and we have as much right as anyone to be here.





"The Pope has a big burden to sort out and we're here to make sure he knows that."





Supporters outnumbered protesters stretched along Lambeth Bridge towards Westminster.





The majority waved flags and cheered as the church leaders left the building.





Carrying a host of colourful Pope memorabilia was Angie Fuller, 68, from Bury St Edmunds.





She said: "It's one of my personal highlights to be here today.





"There have been many negative things said but the majority are thrilled by this visit."





Despite the cheers, protesters held up banners with messages including "where are our women priests?", "atheism, not nazism" and "no Catholic cover-ups - make our children safe."





One man screamed "my rights are being ignored" as he was searched by officers amid tightened security around the site.





The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, and the Archbishop of Westminster, the Most Rev Vincent Nichols, both joined the Pontiff for his journey.





Before the ceremony, Dr Sentamu asked a passer-by to take a photo of him in front of the Popemobile on his mobile phone.





"I have got to get myself one of these," he said.





"I met the Pope in the Vatican in November 2007 and it will be wonderful to meet him again."





After the service, the Bishop of Moray, Ross and Caithness, the Rt Rev Mark Ross, said: "It was a lovely service, to sit with my Roman Catholic brethren to pray together - I feel uplifted."



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