Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Vatican denies royal gift rumour

From the BBC-

The Vatican has denied Prince Charles will receive a memento of Henry VIII's divorce from Catherine of Aragon (pictured) at a meeting with the Pope next week.

Pope Benedict XVI will meet the prince and his second wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, when the couple visit Italy.

It had been reported that the Pontiff would give Charles a copy of the 1530 appeal by English peers for the annulment of Henry's marriage.

But chief Vatican spokesman the Rev Federico Lombardi said this was untrue.
It will be Charles's first audience at the Vatican since his divorce from the late Diana, Princess of Wales. Current wife Camilla has also been married before.

Succession rules

Henry VIII's battles with the Vatican over his divorce from his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, ultimately led him to separate the Anglican church from Rome and create the Church of England.

The Pope refused permission for the divorce and Henry broke with Rome, passing the Act of Supremacy, which proclaimed the King the Supreme Head of the Church of England.

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