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BBC defends Pope visit coverage

The BBC defended its coverage of last week's state visit of Pope Benedict XVI after hundreds of viewers lodged complaints.

Dominic Lawson: Pope Benedict... an apology

I suspect it is precisely the unpolitical nature of Pope Benedict that gives him a certain popular appeal

Catherine Pepinster: Could the Pontiff's values have a lasting impact on society?

As Pope Benedict flew back to Rome yesterday after a visit to Britain that saw tens of thousands of people turn out to greet him, the mood of many Catholics was euphoric, even among those who have sometimes been critical of the former Cardinal Ratzinger. But euphoria is not something that lingers; could there be a more lasting impact on the Church in this country?

Pope beatifies Newman and pays tribute to Battle of Britain victors

They gathered in their thousands, sheltering from a steady drizzle under a forest of umbrellas and plastic ponchos. But when Pope Benedict XVI finally appeared in Birmingham's Cofton Park yesterday, the heavens sent sunlight streaming down on to the beatification Mass of Cardinal John Henry Newman. The service was billed as the climax to the Pope's four-day state visit – a spiritual end to a trip that has seen him apologise for the clerical abuse scandals, warn against the dangers of secularism and protest at the "marginalisation of faith" in Britain.

Thousands attend beatification on final day of Papal visit

Steady rain failed to dampen the spirits of thousands of the faithful as they trooped into Cofton Park in Birmingham today ahead of the start of the beatification Mass for Cardinal Newman.

Most UK Catholics support abortion and use of contraception

Pope offers apologies for the 'unspeakable' sins of paedophile priests, but major survey shows he is seriously out of step with his followers on several key issues. Andrew McCorkell and Colin Francome report

Pope's 'deep sorrow' over child abuse scandal

Pope Benedict XVI today offered his strongest public apology of his state visit to victims of child abuse within the Catholic Church.

Bulletproof glass reduces fear of attack (but no guns)

The Vatican last night played down concerns for the Pope's safety following the arrest of six men in an alleged terror plot against him. Father Lombardi, the Vatican's spokesman, insisted there was no need to review his security detail after the arrests in central London in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Pope warns of 'increasing marginalisation' of Christianity

Pope Benedict XVI tonight attacked the "increasing marginalisation" of Christianity, arguing that religion should be recognised for its "vital" contribution to the nation.

Pope makes history with Lambeth Palace visit

Pope Benedict XVI made history today by becoming the first pontiff to step foot inside Lambeth Palace.

Schools must be 'safe' for children, says Pope

Schools must "provide a safe environment" for children, Pope Benedict XVI said on the second day of his UK tour, as five people were arrested over a potential threat to the pontiff.

Paul Vallely: We couldn't see very much. But we saw the Pope

Undeterred by media cynicism, the Catholic faithful flocked from miles around to see Pope Benedict XVI in the flesh

Ian Paisley shows that Rome's enemies aren't all secular

Pope Benedict's determination to confront Britain's "aggressive secularism" was put to an early test yesterday – but the anti-religious forces which gathered to greet him on the streets of Edinburgh were quite a jolly lot even if their message was a deadly serious one.

Pope praises UK as a 'force for good'

Pope Benedict XVI praised the UK as a "force for good" today as thousands of people turned out to greet him on the first day of his historic visit.

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