6 Arrested during Pope's Visit in Britain

By John F. Burns and Rachel Donadio
New York Times
September 18, 2010!KQ51wQ7E!J!KQ2B_ZQ5B6

Raids of offices and homes linked to the six people charged did not reveal any hazardous materials, police officials said. Vatican officials said there would be no change to the popea's itinerary.

LONDON — As Pope Benedict XVI embarked on some of the most symbolic passages of his trip here, the British police arrested six street cleaners on Friday on terrorism charges related to his state visit but gave no details of any threat against him.

The police and the Vatican said Benedict would not change his long-planned itinerary, on a day when he became the first pope to set foot on some of the most hallowed ground of the Anglican Church and British state and warned against the “marginalization” of Christianity. ...

The pope was on the second day of a four-day visit taking place under the shadow of the sexual abuse crisis that has enveloped the Roman Catholic Church, and in the context of the Vatican’s historically troubled relationship with the Church of England, dating to the 16th-century schism in which King Henry VIII broke with Rome.

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