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Francis to meet Queen at his guesthouse

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THE QUEEN and the Duke of Edinburgh will meet Pope Francis for the first time on April 3, it was announced this week.

The Queen will visit the Pope at his Vatican guesthouse after meeting the Ital- ian president Giorgio Napolitano in Rome.

A spokeswoman for Buckingham Palace told The Catholic Herald that the Queen was “very keen” to meet Pope Francis during her visit to Italy.

She confirmed that, in a break with tradition, Pope Francis will receive the Queen at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, rather than the papal state apartments inside the Apostolic Palace. She said the visit would be informal and private.

The BBC’s Royal correspondent said the Queen would not wear black or a veil, as she has done on her three previous visits to the Vatican in deference to convention. Royal tradition holds that female members of the Royal Family do not normally wear black.

Cardinal-designate Vincent Nichols welcomed the announcement of the visit. He said: “I am delighted to learn that the Queen will be meeting Pope Francis. This is a moment in which I hope everyone in

Buckingham Palace says Queen was ‘very keen’ to visit Pope during her visit to Italy in April

Bishop saves English theologian from a mob of rioters in Algeria our nations rejoices.” Nigel Baker, the British Ambassador to the Holy See, said the visit was “great news”. Writing on his blog, he said: “It is an extremely positive aspect of the bilat- eral relationship that successive British sovereigns have taken a close personal interest in relations with the papacy, and none more so than Queen Elizabeth II. Edward VII visited Pope Leo XIII in 1903, and King George V and Queen Mary called on Pope Pius XI in 1923, both groundbreaking encounters in their way. The Queen and Pope Francis will meet for the first time in April. Her Majesty will not wear black as she has done on previous visits to the Vatican PA and CNS “Religion has always been a crucial element in national identity and historical self-consciousness. This has made the relationship between the different faiths a fundamental factor in the necessary co- operation within and between nation states. It is, therefore, vital to encourage a greater mutual and respectful under- standing.” “The reciprocal visits since then have in turn marked the rebirth of the diplomatic and political relationship between Britain and the Holy See. [This year] sees the centenary of the re-establishment of diplo- matic relations since the break during the Reformation, but it is under Queen Eliz- In an interview with The Catholic Herald last year, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor said that Pope Francis had asked him to pass on his “warmest greetings” to the Queen just two days after his election. The Cardinal said he called the Queen’s secretary on his return to the English The Queen’s visit in April will be the 87-year-old’s fifth meeting with a pope at the Vatican. She met Pius XII in 1951, Blessed John XXIII in 1961 and Blessed John Paul II in 1980 and 2000. Relations between the Catholic Church and Queen Elizabeth II, who is Supreme Governor of the Church of England, have warmed throughout the monarch’s reign, which began in 1952. abeth II that the relationship can truly be said to have matured to its present, strong state.” Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor said the Argentine Pope was keen to “assert his respect for the Queen” soon after his elec- tion on March 13. He said that when he met the new Pope after the conclave had ended “he said: ‘Don’t forget: give the Queen my warmest greetings.’” College in Rome and passed on Pope Francis’s good wishes. trip was cancelled due to the monarch falling sick. According to the BBC, the Queen had planned to visit Rome in 2013 but the She became the first British monarch to make a state visit to the Vatican in 1980, Adams cartoon: Page 12 Editorial comment: Page 13

two years after John Paul II’s election. Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edin- burgh met John Paul II in his private study, where they spoke privately for approxi- mately 42 minutes.

In 1982 the Queen became the first British monarch to welcome a reigning pope to Britain when she received John Paul II at Buckingham Palace.

She is said to have referred to Cardinal Basil Hume, the ninth Archbishop of Westminster, as “my cardinal”. She awarded him the Order of Merit on June 2 1999, months after he was diag- nosed with inoperable cancer.

In 2002 Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor became the first spiritual leader of Catholics in England and Wales to preach at the Queen’s invitation in the Royal chapel at Sandringham.

In September 2010 she welcomed Benedict XVI to Edinburgh at the start of the first papal state visit to Britain. In her welcoming address she praised the “special contribution” of the Catholic Church.

She said: “Your Holiness, your presence here today reminds us of our common Christian heritage. And of the Christian contribution to the encouragement of world peace, and to the economic and social development of the less prosperous countries of the world. We are all aware of the special contribution of the Roman Catholic Church, particularly in its ministry to the poorest and most deprived members of society, its care for the home- less and for the education provided by its extensive network of schools.




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A LEADING English Dominican theologian was rescued by a bishop from an angry mob during a recent visit to Algeria.

Bishop Jean-Paul Vesco of Oran was driving Fr Timothy Radcliffe, a former master general of the Dominican order, to the Sahara when the situation suddenly grew dangerous.

BY MADELEINE TEAHAN community of the Petits Frères de Jesus in the Sahara we had to stop the car because there was fighting ahead. We noticed that a taxi was trying to bypass the fighting by driving up a muddy track (there had been a lot of rain even there), and so a number of cars followed. But we all got bogged down and it was impossible to continue. And so we made our way back to the road.

taxi was first and was quickly immobilised, with large stones put in front of it, so that the passengers could be taken hostage. We were next, and people blocked our passage, and started to put down stones in front of us.

Fr Radcliffe told The Catholic Herald: “When we were on our way to visit a tiny “But the rioters/insurgents or whoever had spotted us and were waiting with stones. The

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“I spotted one young chap with a stone the size of a foot- ball. At first I thought that he was going to throw it through the windscreen. I tried to engage his eyes and transmit the impression that I was another human being, maybe Fr Radcliffe was visiting Algeria to take part in a year- long period of reflection on the Church’s future in the North African nation.


like his favourite uncle! The bishop spotted a gap, slammed his foot on the accelerator and escaped, with a few stones hitting the back of the car. If we had delayed even 20 seconds we would have been caught. And I have no idea what would have happened then. It is a minor incident, the sort of thing that missionaries often endure.”


A BISHOP in Haiti has said he did not believe he was being appointed a cardinal until he Googled his name.

BY MADELEINE TEAHAN thinking about naming me,” he told the Miami Herald. “I was surprised. After I confirmed the news I received it with a lot of emotions. It’s the entire Catholic Church of Haiti that has been given this honour and the entire country.”

“I never knew they were

Despite receiving emails and phone messages of congratu- lations Cardinal-designate Chibly Langlois said he could not believe that Pope Francis had selected him until he checked on Google. Pope Francis will make Bishop Langlois a cardinal on February 22. He will be Haiti’s first cardinal. He serves as Bishop of Les Cayes in south- ern Haiti. Son of God, made by 20th Century Fox, will be released in Britain on March 5 and million per episode. Miss Downey, a Catholic, told entertainment magazine

will be the first cinematic depic- tion of Jesus’s life since Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ in 2004.

Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Apostolic Nuncio to Haiti, said Pope Francis had told him: “I will give Haiti greater visibility under posi- tive lights. I will honour the Church in Haiti. I will create a Haitian cardinal.”

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