Cllr Maire Hendron: “I am shocked that the UUP has taken such an intolerant view to a potential visit by the Pope.
“I would call on Mike Nesbitt to clarify his party’s position and outline why one of his Councillors has made such disrespectful comments. I think there would be a number of UUP members who will be horrified to hear what Jim Rodgers has said.
“Alliance would be in favour of a Papal visit. I believe that any visit by the Pope would be supported by people from all faiths and backgrounds. A Papal visit would show that Northern Ireland supports religious freedom and respects the diversity that exists in our society.”