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Tory-Catholic relations at new low as Pickles cancels Rome trip

27 February 2014 | by Catherine Pepinster | Comments: 0

Cabinet minister Eric Pickles pulled out of attending the consistory in Rome where Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols was created a cardinal. His decision not to attend came just days after the archbishop forcefully criticised the Government over welfare reform, sparking speculation of a rift between the Conservative Party and the Catholic Church. The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government blamed his responsibilities for flood response for his no-show at St Peter’s Basilica in Rome. But when questioned about his decision not to attend and asked for information about his responsibilities on 22 February, a spokeswoman blamed weather forecasts for predicting the weather wrongly last weekend.On 5 February, Mr Pickles welcomed the invitation to the consistory and ....... ....... ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........

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