‘Third world’ gibe mars start of papal visit
By Andrew Bolger in Edinburgh and James Blitz in London
Published: September 15 2010 18:24 | Last updated: September 16 2010 15:35
Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Scotland on Thursday for a four-day state visit to Britain, though his visit has already been marred after one of his senior advisers described the UK as “a third world country” marked by a “new and aggressive atheism”.
It is the first state visit to the UK by a Pope since the Reformation, though his predecessor Pope John Paul II was greeted by huge and enthusiastic crowds in 1982 when he made a pastoral visit.