It was surely an unforgettable moment for us to see the Pope, Benedict XVI, whose office existed before England did, stand and speak in Westminster Hall where so much history has transpired. Most Catholics for a good while did not leave there, er, 'a-head' of the game after Henry VIII, who flipped his Faith and lid for a pretty girl who might give him a boy...She too ended with a very close haircut, as did others.
"...St Thomas More was tried and condemned [there] in 1535. Westminster Hall has also been the site many other historical events, highly significant to British Catholics and to the nation as a whole. Originally constructed by William II (Rufus) in 1097, it was the venue for the coronation banquets of Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, and Elizabeth I. Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot conspirators were tried there, as were Charles I and Sir William Wallace (otherwise known as Braveheart; he was disembowled)--->Catholic Herald.co.uk
BBC, 2010: "...the pontiff in Westminster Hall, before the assembled great and good of the British political establishment [expressed] concern at "the increasing marginalisation of religion" that's taking place in some quarters, "even in nations [like Britain] that place a great emphasis on tolerance".
Strange, no one that I am aware of in British government apologized for helping to build, promote and sustain a culture of global death. Since the Pope was too courteous to mention it I thought we might.
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--->Vatican astronomer half-spoofs Stephen Hawking. The Times of London last Spring reported that the famous British astrophysicist is making a documentary in which he asserts that while he has never seen an extraterrestrial he thinks we should stop trying to contact them since (I am paraphrasing) they might not be too bright, may in fact be nasty and hungry enough to make dinner of earth, or destroy us just for the fun of it. In short he implied we should not be thinking of cuddly ET Hollywood movies when we image these possibilities, and trying so hard to contact aliens might be risky.
On the contrary, said the senior Vatican astronomer, Brother Guy Consolmagno, to the Telegraph (Sept. 17), he would be delighted if we encountered intelligent aliens and would be happy to offer to baptise them. But he cautioned, “the odds of us finding it, of it being intelligent and us being able to communicate with it - when you add them up it’s probably not a practical question. God is bigger than just humanity. God is also the god of angels.”
For more on the theoretical question and reports from the past here and elsewhere see the UFO's, Black Ops, and the New Man webcast
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