Asked if the Prime Minister would attend the Pope’s funeral, the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman said people should wait for the facts. The PMOS said the Cardinals were holding a meeting, and we would let people know what the decision would be if we had to make one.
Asked if that meant that the Prime Minster was not committed "come what may" to attend the Royal Wedding, the PMOS said he thought that might be the next question, but since there had been no announcement from the Vatican regarding the funeral, we had nothing more to say.
Asked what the Prime Minister’s attitude to the Pope’s funeral was, and would he like to attend, the PMOS said the Prime Minister had summed up his views about the Pope’s life and his contribution to the world in the statement that was issued on Saturday night, and in the words the Prime Minister spoke yesterday. They reflected the significance that the Prime Minister gave to the Pope’s death.
Asked when making his decision about the funeral, would the Prime Minister take into account the sensitivities of the Anglican Church members, the PMOS said the Prime Minister was fully aware of the sensitivities of everyone in the country. The PMOS advised people not to get ahead of themselves, and to wait and see instead what would be announced from the Vatican.
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