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Pope Benedict XVI arrives in UK

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Pope Benedict XVI arrives in UK

Pope Benedict XVI arrived in the UK on Thursday morning, and was welcomed by Queen Elizabeth II at the Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh. The Pope heaped praise on his hosts, saying in a speech that: "Your forefathers' respect for truth and justice, for mercy and charity, come to you from a faith that remains a mighty force for good in your kingdom." But this won't be enough to mollify his detractors. Even aside from the anger surrounding the Catholic Church's handling of sexual abuse scandals, protesters are questioning the UK's government's decision to spend between £10 million and £12 million on the Pope's visit - and that amount excludes policing.   Read more: The Independent, AFP

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