Pope Benedict hopes to address a "gap" in public perception of the Catholic Church after recent child sex scandals when he visits the country this year, aides said in plans for the trip unveiled on Tuesday.
"Catholicism can easily become defined in the public mind in the light of one or two recent controversies. This is the gap in public knowledge that this pamphlet aims to address," said a pamphlet setting out the purpose of the three-day papal visit.
The booklet, entitled 'The Pope in the UK', includes sections on child protection within the Church, the contribution of the Catholic Church to British society and on the purpose of the Catholic Church itself.
The visit to Britain "is a really very significant moment for this country", stated Bishop Vincent Nichols.