Then-Archbishop of Cardiff Peter Smith looks forward to the Pope Benedict XVI's State Visit to the UK
“We will be joining in prayer with all Catholics in the UK for a fruitful and joyful visit by the Holy Father. We had dearly hoped he might be able to include a visit to Wales in his itinerary, but we do understand the constraints involved in such a short visit which will combine State functions with religious and pastoral events.
“However, I also understand that there will be an opportunity for representatives of Church and State from Wales to meet the Pope at an appropriate event in London, and we are very much looking forward to hearing more details about that.”
The Most Revd Peter Smith
Archbishop of Cardiff
Vice-President, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales