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David Cameron: the message the Pope brought to Britain is ‘relevant today’

By on Sunday, 18 September 2011

Benedict XVI greets David Cameron at the end of last year's papal visit to Britain (AP Photo/Martin Cleaver)

Benedict XVI greets David Cameron at the end of last year's papal visit to Britain (AP Photo/Martin Cleaver)

The message that the Pope brought to Britain a year ago is “just as relevant today”, the British Prime Minister has said.

In a statement marking the first anniversary of Benedict XVI’s visit to Britain, David Cameron said: “One year ago, the landmark visit of Pope Benedict gave millions of British Catholic an opportunity to celebrate their faith, while sharing a powerful message with everyone in our country about the importance of compassion, tolerance and justice.

“The Pope’s message is just as relevant today. The shocking riots in the UK underline that we need more than ever to build a culture of social responsibility and develop strong and powerful communites as we deal with tough economic challenges.

“We should also be proud that Britain’s generosity is saving the lives of millions in East Africa and countless others affected by disasters across the globe.”

He concluded: “I am deeply proud of the enormous contribution people of faith have made to our society and look forward to continuing our ever-closer co-operation between the UK and the Holy See as we work for the common good.”

  • Anonymous

    I wonder how many of the Holy Fathers values are reflected in government policies today. Few, if any I would venture. But then the same could be said for some Bishops. “Put not your trust in Princes”!

  • Anonymous

    I see the way he just slips tolerance in there as a value that Benedict promoted. So now as people of faith we’ll be expected to go along with his oxymoron policy of “gay marriage”.

    I always thought that tolerance meant the putting up with something that is bad for fear of worse consequences. Now it is promoted as a positive value so that no matter how warped what you desire, if it fits in with the liberal agenda it must be tolerated; no matter how destructive it is for society as a whole.

    There are lots of things we should not tolerate: racism, abortion, and rape immediately spring to mind. I would suggest that the destruction of the institution of marriage is something else that should not be tolerated.