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Pope Benedict XVI has confirmed that he will be travelling to Scotland as part of his tour to the United Kingdom this year.
The Pope made the announcement, which was in a gathering with the Scottish Catholic bishops in Rome, Italy, in response to an address from Cardinal Keith Michael Patrick O'Brien.
The Pope has been quoted as saying: "Later this year, I shall have the joy of being present with you and the Catholics of Scotland on your native soil."
Pope Benedict, who announced that he would be taking a visit to the United Kingdom in 2010 last year, spoke against sectarianism and euthanasia. He said that "[f]aith schools are a powerful force for social cohesion."
"Together with my brother Bishops," Cardinal Keith O'Brien stated in reaction t…
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