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The website: Historic Britain allows you to book B&Bs, hotels and holiday lets with notable character. Properties range from a 15th-century manor house B&B to an 18th-century Cotswold farmhouse (historicbritain.com).

Tips and deals of the week: Historic Britain; Aurora Reykjavik; Four Seasons Lion Palace in St Petersburg

The website: Historic Britain allows you to book B&Bs, hotels and holiday lets with notable character. Properties range from a 15th-century manor house B&B to an 18th-century Cotswold farmhouse (historicbritain.com).

A photo of the late Pope John Paul II hanging from a stage set up near St Peter's Square in Rome

Pope John Paul II to become saint in fastest canonisation in modern times

Pope Francis confirms his predecessor's 'second miracle' - marking fastest progression to sainthood in modern times

John Paul II’s canonisation is likely to be on 20 October

Former pope, John Paul II, close to being declared a saint

His canonisation is likely to be on 20 October, just after the 35th anniversary of his election

Marianne Jean-Baptiste and Eric Kofi Abrefa star in James Baldwin’s ‘The Amen Corner’

Theatre review: The Amen Corner, Olivier, National Theatre, London

In the English theatre, you can go for years without bumping into either of the two best-known plays by James Baldwin, the African-American essayist, novelist and eloquent spokesman for the Civil Rights movement.

Leicester's captain, the fly-half Toby Flood

Leicester Tigers v Northampton Saints: Leicester out to prove they are still the local authority in derby final

Emotionally charged Saints will need to be at their best to beat the Tigers this afternoon

Pope creates hundreds of new saints, including canonising 800 Otranto martyrs

Pope Francis created hundreds of new saints in a ceremony at the Vatican today.

‘Miracle’ could see John Paul II canonised in record time

Pope John Paul II could be canonised by October, eight years after his death, according to Vatican sources quoted in the Italian press that say the additional miracle required for his next step towards sainthood has already been identified.

The Sketch: Mrs Speaker may not like it, but the Tories certainly did

It’s not exactly WH Auden’s famous “Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone/Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone/Silence the pianos and with muffled drum/Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come…” But Speaker John Bercow’s gesture to the memory of Lady Thatcher comes pretty close: silencing Big Ben for the duration of her funeral tomorrow.

Round-Up: Blake Green crushes Robins to keep Wigan on top

Wigan ensured that they would finish the Easter programme on top of Super League with an overwhelming 84-6 victory at Hull KR yesterday.

African Odyssey: a horticultural tour of Marrakesh

Ancient royal palaces, fountained courtyards – and the splendour of Yves Saint Laurent's former home: Emma Townshend finds herself swept away by the majesty of Marrakesh's horticultural panorama

The potential saint-in-the-making, Carlos de Dios Murias, a left-leaning priest, was taken away by the military in the Argentine province of La Rioja in 1976

Young Franciscan monk killed by the military during Argentina's Dirty War could become first beatified person under Pope Francis' reign

A young Franciscan monk, who was kidnapped and killed by the military during Argentina’s dirty war of the late 1970s, could be the first person beatified under the reign of Pope Francis, it emerged today.

Pope Francis: the response from Argentina's press

An hour or so after white smoke first poured from a chimney on the roof of the Sistine chapel, Jorge Mario Bergoglio emerged in white papal robes on to the balcony of St Peter's to announce his election as Pope Francis. Those who had hoped for a leader of the Catholic church who would reflect the faith's growth outside of Europe got their wish - and celebrations continued into the night across Latin America. Here's a selection of the press response from Argentina this morning:

The ashes of priceless manuscripts, some of them up to 700 years old, burned by Jihadis in Mali’s fabled Timbuktu

'They tried to break the heart of Timbuktu': Mali comes to terms with the destruction of historic manuscripts by Islamists

Mali’s most storied city is in the final hours of its occupation by Jihadists who faced international condemnation and a powerful foreign expeditionary force closing in by land and air.

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