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.

Joan Smith: I'll take no lectures on ethics from Ratzinger

The child-abuse scandal engulfing the Catholic church has shocked even its most ardent followers. Yet the Pope, who can barely bring himself to apologise for it, dares to lecture us on the state of our morals.

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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.

Full text of the Pope's homily

This was the homily the Pope delivered at Bellahouston Park in Glasgow today:

Papal convoy greeted by crowds

Crowds of well-wishers gathered on the streets of the Scottish capital today as a motorcade whisked Pope Benedict XVI through the city centre on his way to meet the Queen.

Heretics to heroes: how Rome went mainstream

When Lord Patten of Barnes was brought in by the Government earlier this year to streamline the organisation of the Pope's visit, he called on fellow Catholics to embrace the notion that Britain was no longer a place rife with anti-Catholicism.

Policy differences 'not hurting support for Pope'

Support for the Pope among British Roman Catholics remains high despite most disagreeing with their Church's stance on controversial issues, a survey indicated today.

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Book Of A Lifetime: A Catechism Of Christian Doctrine

I still know the Catechism by heart, having learned it at the age of five. The fundamentals of Christian doctrine were instilled into our impressionable young minds, to be repeated until they were as familiar as the alphabet. Its 370 injunctions are now branded into my very bones, like letters through a stick of rock.

Monk massacre film reopens old wounds

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Rearing carp: Dinner's in the pond

Why stop at growing vegetables in your back garden when you can rear some tasty carp to go with them? Clare Hargreaves thinks she may be hooked

Leading article: Ice, ice babies?

Did last winter's unusual froideur lead to more amour in the bedroom? There has been speculation that the savagely cold temperatures of earlier this year are going to result in a mini baby boom this autumn.

Lance Price: He didn't have to tell us about his drinking – but he did

Reading Tony Blair's memoirs, there are a few episodes that have me scratching my head and thinking, "Is that really how it was?" For example, in the early years he tells us that "the broad framework on the economy, never mind anything else, was set by me" – i.e. that Gordon was the engine driver but Tony built the train and decided which direction the tracks should go in. But it certainly didn't feel like that inside 10 Downing Street as we struggled day in, day out, to work out what the Chancellor planned to do in his next Budget.

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