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Pope meets David Cameron

By on Saturday, 18 September 2010

Photo: PA

Photo: PA

Pope Benedict XVI met the Prime Minister this morning in a historic meeting Archbishop’s House, Westminster.

The Pontiff met David Cameron, along with acting Labour leader Harriet Harman and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, before celebrating Mass at Westminster Cathedral. He spent 20 minutes with Mr Cameron and 10 with Mr Clegg.

It is the first time a Pope has met the head of a British government during a state visit, and concludes an emotional month for the prime minister.

Mr Cameron missed last night’s prayer vigil in Westminster Hall as he was attending his father’s funeral in Berkshire.

Ian Cameron died last week while on holiday in France, and never lived to see the birth of his granddaughter Florence, born last month in Cornwall.

Before the papal visit Downing Street released a video message in which Prime Minister David Cameron said the Pope would be offered a “very warm welcome” on his UK visit.