Some stories about Scotland’s towns focus on the tribal hostility between Catholic and Protestant communities. So it is encouraging to read a story that has cooperation and amity at its heart.

The sight of a dapper, good-looking man in a cassock is a fairly common one in Rome – and it is something the Church likes, as it presents a positive image of the priesthood.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Fr Christopher Jamison and Irish Passionist Priest Fr Brian D’Arcy are among the voices selected for a new book showcasing the best contributions to “Pause for Thought”, a regular slot on BBC Radio 2, featuring on After Midnight, Vanessa Feltz and The Chris Evans (pictured) Breakfast Show.

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.”

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