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Pope's ambassador visits Aberdeen
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┬áPope Benedict XVI's ambassador to Britain has praised the city of Aberdeen for its importance in Europe and beyond. Archbishop Faustino Sainz Mu˝oz, Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain spoke to a gathering of about one hundred distinguished guests at a civic dinner held in his honour in Aberdeen Town House of the "significance of Aberdeen as a city of importance, in Europe certainly, but also with links that go much further afield." "In recent years it has also become a major centre of the oil industry, which has brought much needed employment to this area, and attracted persons from many countries, nationalities and languages to make their homes here." The Apostolic Nuncio also visited Aberdeen University and prayed at the tomb of its founder. Recalling the fact that the University was founded with the authority of the Holy See, Archbishop Sainz Mu˝oz said: "I was very pleased to discover the link between Bishop William Elphinstone, by whose tomb we now stand, and the Holy See, which authorised the foundation of this seat of learning in 1495. "Bishop Elphinstone, a man of energy and vision, also worked closely with King James IV of Scotland in the establishment of the University here in Aberdeen, and I am delighted that the pursuit of learning, initiated formally then, and Elphinstone's spirit of cooperation continues to flourish to this day." The Apostolic Nuncio was visiting Aberdeen on the invitation of Bishop Peter Moran. He also met with priests, religious and lay people of the diocese at St Mary's Cathedral, Aberdeen. Source: Diocese of Aberdeen
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