- Life or death: the doctor’s dilemma
The chief aim of doctors is to preserve life but if next week’s bill becomes law it would be legal to end life. Here a GP warns that this would cause the medical profession profound ethical dilemmas and advocates an alternative measure to enshrine a commitment to palliative care
- Home News
- World News
- Parish Practice
- Letters Extra
- The living Spirit
- Kiribati: Living in the eye of the climate change storm Archbishop Dr John Sentamu
- Ratzinger's student circle speaks of love and the contemporary drift into atheism Dr D Vincent Twomey
- Why are the Kenyan bishops being so difficult about vaccine campaigns? Maureen Duggan MD FRCPCH Sheffield
The Queen is to meet Pope Francis on 3 April, Buckingham Palace confirmed today.
Her meeting with the Pope will take place during her first overseas visit for three years.
The Queen, who will be accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, is travelling to Rome at the invitation of the President of Italy, Giorgio Napolitano. The Queen and the duke will have a private lunch with the president and in the afternoon be received in an audience with the Pope at the Vatican.
The visit to Pope Francis is being described as “informal”. The Daily Mail reported that it will take place the Domus Sanctae Marthae, Francis’ residence and guesthouse, rather than in the Apostolic Palace where heads of state are normally greeted.
In 1980 the Queen became the first British monarch to make a state visit to the Vatican and two years later made history again when she welcomed Pope John Paul II in London during his British visit.
Benedict XVI became the first Pope to receive a full state welcome to the UK when he visited Britain in 2010 and met the Queen at Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh. The Queen’s reign has overlapped with seven papacies.