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It is customary for Cardinal Archbishops of Westminster to accompany Archbishops of Canterbury when they call on the Pope. So Cardinal Vincent Nichols will be missed at the fiftieth anniversary celebrations of the Anglican Centre in Rome next week, when Archbishop Justin Welby is to meet Pope Francis.

O opera singer Carly Paoli (pictured right) opened Marriage Care’s seventieth anniversary celebrations last Saturday by singing to over 200 of the Catholic charity’s volunteers in Keele Hall, Staffordshire.

Armed with a bouquet of flowers and fortified by drink, journalist John McEntee will be remembered for charming his way into Tommy Cooper’s widow’s home shortly after his death.

Given the swelteringly hot temperatures in Rome for the canonisation of Mother Teresa on Sunday, the new British Ambassador to the Holy See, Sally Axworthy, must have breathed a sigh of relief that she has yet to present her credentials to Pope Francis.

When a supporter of L’Arche – the residential community for people with learning disabilities – turned to the eminent palliative care doctor Thérèse Vanier for spiritual advice, she probably did not expect to be told: “Thou shalt be boring, untidy, inelegant and unattractive at times.”

The trading of relics has found a new lease of life online at auction site eBay.

Christians attending a green summer school last week were told to “support their local beekeepers”, by Methodist preacher and apiarist Richard Bushby.

Women in public life, as the recent intense coverage of the hairstyles of Theresa May, Hillary Clinton, Angela Merkel and Nicola Sturgeon reveals, are subject to particular attention regarding their appearance (for those who don’t keep up with this kind of thing, they all have a version of the pob, short for political bob).

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