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Benedict XVI in Westminster Hall, Parliament

Benedict XVI in the UK: The Speeches
Benedict XVI in Westminster Hall, Parliament

Pope Benedict XVI addressed Members of both Houses of Parliament in Westminster Hall on Friday 17 September as part of his official State visit. The then-Speaker John Bercow welcomed Pope Benedict to the Palace of Westminster. In his address to MPs, peers, diplomats, academics and business leaders, he said:

“Religion is not a problem for legislators to solve, but a vital contributor to the national conversation. In this light, I cannot but voice my concern at the increasing marginalisation of religion, particularly of Christianity, that is taking place in some quarters, even in nations which place a great emphasis on tolerance.”

Recorded on Friday, 17 September 2010.