La mesa de luz

El Papa sale de gira por el Reino Unido

AND16 EDIMBURGO (REINO UNIDO) 16/09/2010.- Detalle de los zapatos rojos del Papa Benedicto XVI, a su llegada al aeropuerto de Edimburgo (Reino Unido), hoy, jueves, 16 de septiembre de 2010. Benedicto XVI fue recibido al pie de la escalerilla del avión por el duque de Edimburgo, esposo de la reina Isabel II, por miembros del Real Regimiento de Escocia, que formaron un pasillo para rendirle honores, y por la jerarquía católica del país. El Papa llegó hoy a Edimburgo para iniciar una visita oficial y pastoral de cuatro días al Reino Unido, la primera de Estado de un Pontífice a este país desde que Enrique VIII rompiera con Roma en 1534. El punto culminante de su viaje tendrá lugar el domingo en Birmingham (centro de Inglaterra), donde el Papa beatificará al cardenal John Henry Newman, intelectual convertido desde el anglicanismo. El viaje papal ha estado precedido de fuertes críticas por el escándalo de abusos sexuales contra menores de curas católicos pederastas. EFE/ANDREW MILLIGAN / POOL

El Papa Bendeicto está de gira por la Gran Bretaña y ya se encuentra en Edimburgo. El viaje está siendo empañado por las criticas de ciertos sectores por los recientes casos de pederastia en Irlanda. Sin duda la visita va estar marcada por las declaraciones del Santo Padre haga a este respecto. En cualquier caso, cualquier viaje del jefe de la iglesia católica con sede en el Vaticano siempre esta marcado por la afluencia de fieles seguidores que, de la misma manera que los adolescentes siguen a una estrella del rock, conocen todos sus temas, gritan, aplauden, rezan, hacen cola, pillan sitio en primera fila y compran todo tipo de merchandising. El caso es que en vez de groupies o fans los llaman peregrinos. El rock&roll puede que muera algun día pero el Papa seguirá viajando por el mundo, reuniendo a sus seguidores delante de un escenariopor siempre.

Aquí os dejo esta selección de imágenes de las agencias que cubrían este viaje.

The wind blows the clothing of Pope Benedict XVI as he arrives at Edinburgh airport, Scotland, on September 16, 2010. Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Britain on Thursday at the start of an historic four-day state visit, after admitting the Catholic Church had not been vigilant enough on paedophilia. AFP PHOTO/ANDREW MILLIGAN/POOL

Pilgrims sit infront of the stage area where Pope Benedict XVI will preside over a Celebration Mass later today, in Bellahouston Park, Glasgow, in Scotland on September 16, 2010.   Pope Benedict XVI urged Britain Thursday to maintain its respect for religious traditions and warned against "aggressive forms of secularism" in his first speech of an historic state visit.      AFP PHOTO/Leon Neal

Papal merchandise is pictured in Bellahouston Park in Glasgow, Scotland, on September 16, 2010, ahead of a Celebration of Mass by Pope Benedict XVI later Thursday. The Pope arrives Thursday for a historic state visit to Britain clouded by a row sparked by one of his aides who described it as an "aggressively" secular "Third World country". AFP PHOTO/Leon Neal

Crowds watch as Pope Benedict XVI is driven in the Popemobile along Princes Street in Edinburgh, on September 16, 2010.   Pope Benedict XVI urged Britain Thursday to maintain its respect for religious traditions and warned against "aggressive forms of secularism" in his first speech of an historic state visit.     AFP PHOTO / Derek Blair

A pilgrim displays her papal headband on September 16, 2010 ahead of Pope Benedict XVI presiding at a celebration of Mass in Bellahouston Park in Glasgow, Scotland. Pope Benedict XVI urged all parties involved in Northern Ireland to work for a "just and lasting peace" in his first speech of an historic state visit to Britain on Thursday. AFP PHOTO/Leon Neal

Pilgrims fly flags as they wait for Pope Benedict XVI to say mass at Bellahouston Park in Glasgow, Scotland September 16, 2010. Pope Benedict arrived in Britain on Thursday hoping to win over one of Europe's most secular countries, but a last minute diplomatic hiccup and the possibility of a low turnout threaten the success of the visit.  REUTERS/Phil Noble     (BRITAIN - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY PROFILE RELIGION)

Pope Benedict XVI waves to crowds as he is driven by popemobile along Princes Street, with Edinburgh Castle seen behind, in Edingurgh, Scotland on September 16, 2010.   Pope Benedict XVI urged all parties involved in Northern Ireland to work for a "just and lasting peace" in his first speech of an historic state visit to Britain on Thursday.    AFP PHOTO/Adrian Dennis

Preists process to the Celebration of Mass, will be presided over by Pope Benedict XVI in Bellahouston Park, Glasgow, in Scotland on September 16, 2010.   Tens of thousands of people lined the streets of Edinburgh Thursday to greet Pope Benedict XVI, waving flags as his popemobile went past, though some in the crowd criticised the state visit.    AFP PHOTO/Leon Neal

A woman wearing a papal rosette arrives ahead of Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Bellahouston Park in Glasgow, Scotland,September 16, 2010. Pope Benedict arrived in Britain on Thursday hoping to win over one of Europe's most secular countries, but a last minute diplomatic hiccup and the possibility of a low turnout threaten the success of the visit.   REUTERS/Nigel Roddis (BRITAIN - Tags: RELIGION POLITICS PROFILE)

Pope Benedict XVI arrives for mass at Bellahouston Park in Glasgow, Scotland,September 16, 2010. Pope Benedict started a trip to Britain on Thursday with some of the clearest criticism of his Church's handling of its sexual abuse crisis and urged the country to beware the threats posed by "aggressive secularism"     REUTERS/Nigel Roddis (BRITAIN - Tags: RELIGION POLITICS PROFILE)

Pope Benedict XVI blesses the faithful upon his arrival at Bellahouston park to celebraste an open-air mass in Glasgow, Scotland, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010. Pope Benedict XVI is on a four-day visit the first-ever state visit by a Pope to Britain. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

A man uses binoculars to watch Pope Benedict XVI preside over a Celebration of Mass in Bellahouston Park, Glasgow, in Scotland on September 16, 2010.   Tens of thousands of people lined the streets of Edinburgh Thursday to greet Pope Benedict XVI, waving flags as his popemobile went past, though some in the crowd criticised the state visit.    AFP PHOTO/Leon Neal

Pope Benedict XVI (2nd R) attends a mass in Bellahouston Park in Glasgow September 16, 2010. Pope Benedict started a trip to Britain on Thursday urging the country to protect its Christian roots and tradition of tolerance in the face of threats from aggressive secularism and atheist extremism.    RETUERS/Phil Noble  (BRITAIN - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY PROFILE RELIGION)

Pilgrims wave flags as Pope Benedict XVI presides over a Celebration of Mass in Bellahouston Park, Glasgow, in Scotland on September 16, 2010.   Tens of thousands of people lined the streets of Edinburgh Thursday to greet Pope Benedict XVI, waving flags as his popemobile went past, though some in the crowd criticised the state visit.    AFP PHOTO/Filippo Monteforte

Pope Benedict XVI presides over a Celebration of Mass in Bellahouston Park, Glasgow, in Scotland on September 16, 2010.   Tens of thousands of people lined the streets of Edinburgh Thursday to greet Pope Benedict XVI, waving flags as his popemobile went past, though some in the crowd criticised the state visit.       AFP PHOTO/Andrew Yates

Priests are sheltered by umbrellas during Holy Communion as Pope Benedict XVI presides over a Celebration of Mass in Bellahouston Park, Glasgow, in Scotland on September 16, 2010.    Pope Benedict XVI warned young Catholics about the "temptations" of drugs, money, sex, pornography and alcohol in a homily on Thursday at the first open-air mass of his state visit to Britain.     AFP PHOTO/Leon Neal

Members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests protest as Pope Benedict XVI  travels along Princes Street in Edinburgh, September 16, 2010. Pope Benedict arrived in Britain on Thursday hoping to win over one of Europe's most secular countries, but a last minute diplomatic hiccup and the possibility of a low turnout threaten the success of the visit.  REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton (BRITAIN - Tags: RELIGION POLITICS PROFILE)