Pope gathers multi-faith crowd


Funmi Olutoye speaks to members of other faiths greeting the Pope.

By Funmi Olutoye

Merton residents of all faiths were among those welcoming the Pope to his Wimbledon residency.

Catholics and non-Catholics gathered outside the Apostolic Nunciature on Parkside.

Nathanial Felicien,a 25-year-old Muslim, travelled from Streatham to the Wimbledon street to see the unravelling of events.

“I came here to see what the Pope is all about. I’m happy for Catholics that they can enjoy this momentous occasion that means so much to them,” he said.

Brenda Mclean, a Presbyterian Wimbledon resident, called the Pope’s arrival “historical”.

“We all believe in the same God, which is the most important thing”, she said.

Anglican husband and wife, Colin and Nicky McDougal, said they were pleased to welcome him to Wimbledon.

Mr McDougal said: “He speaks in defence of Christians.”

Trainee Catholic priest, Andrew Connick, travelled from Chelsea to see the Pope and believed His Holiness’ arrival would made people of other faiths feel “encouraged”.

The Pope returned to Vatican City on Sunday.

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