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Pope Benedict XVI addresses British religious
17 September 2010

During his state visit to the United Kingdom, the Pope has addressed representatives of religious orders, gathered in the chapel of St. Mary's University College in Twickenham, London, on the morning of 17th September.

Members of the Carmelite Family were in attendence, and the Scriptures were proclaimed by a Discalced Carmelite nun (pictured below).

The Holy Father spoke of the contribution of religious orders to the life of the Church and Society in many spheres, and made particular mention of the Venerable Mary Ward.

The Pope went on to address thousands of school children gathered for "The Big Assembly".

Having met leaders of different faiths, in the afternoon the Holy Father visited Lambeth Palace, the home of the Archbishop of Canterbury - leader of the worldwide Anglican communion - before addressing members of parliament and civic leaders at Westminster Hall.

The second day of the papal visit concluded with a celebration of Evening Prayer in Westminster Abbey, where the Pope prayed alongside the Archbishop of Canterbury at the tomb of St. Edward the Confessor, in a wonderful affirmation of ecumenism. On his entry to the Abbey, the Pope was shown a statue of Oscar Romero, the martyred Archbishop of San Salvador, who was a wearer of the Carmelite Brown Scapular, and for whose beatification many Carmelites around the world are praying.