London (AP) - The
Police say five men were arrested in a dawn raid Friday in
This is the second day of the pope’s four-day visit to
The suspects, between the ages of 26 and 50, were arrested under the Terrorism Act at a business in central
Police had received information about a potential threat against the pope overnight, prompting the armed operation to arrest the five men early Friday morning.
Police declined to say whether the men were British or give details of their ethnicity, but there was no indication that it was a threat involving national security. Protesters and activists have previously been arrested under the Terrorism Act during high-profile events in
The pope's visit has divided opinion in officially Protestant, highly secular
The pontiff will meet Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams later Friday, head of the Anglican Communion, in a display of unity between the divided Christian churches.
His main event Friday was an afternoon speech to British politicians, businessmen and cultural leaders in Westminster Hall where he was expected to press the need for faith to help shape public policy.
Earlier in the day, thousands of cheering Catholic schoolchildren feted Benedict with songs and gifts, offering a boisterous welcome as the pontiff urged them to ignore the shallow temptations of today's "celebrity culture."
Benedict also told their teachers to make sure to provide them with a trusting, safe environment -- the second time in as many days that he has referred to the church sex abuse scandal. On Thursday, the pope acknowledged that the Roman Catholic Church had failed to act quickly or decisively enough to remove pedophile priests from ministry.
On Saturday, he is due to address thousands of pilgrims at an open-air service in