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Envoy: Pope protesters must be responsible

LONDON, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- The British ambassador to the Vatican reminded would-be protesters during Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Britain to heed their responsibilities as demonstrators.

While the right to protest is "at the heart of our democracy," Ambassador Francis Campbell said, demonstrators also have the responsibility "to allow the other person to be heard," the BBC reported Wednesday.

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The pope will be in Britain Thursday through Sunday.

The Rev. Ian Paisley, founder of the Free Presbyterian Church, is expected to lead a 60-member delegation demonstrating in Scotland, the BBC said.

Tens of thousands are expected to greet Pope Benedict at public masses in Glasgow, Birmingham and London. His trip is scheduled to finish with the beatification of British Cardinal John Henry Newman, a Catholic convert who died in 1890 and credited with helping rebuild Britain's Catholic community, CNN said.

Campbell, who played a key role in organizing the first papal visit to the British Isles in 28 years, said he also expected Pope Benedict to make a "substantial comment on the whole nature of (clerical sexual) abuse" during his visit, similar to statements the pontiff made during official visits to Malta, Australia and the United States.

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He said reports the pope would meet abuse victims during his visit to Scotland and England were a "matter for the Vatican" but noted such meetings did occur on other papal tours.

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