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ON A dreich day in October 2008, a posse of priests and gravediggers arrived at a cemetery in Rednell, outside Birmingham, to transfer the bones of Cardinal John Henry Newman, to a new tomb ahead of his expected elevation to the status of a saint. Yet all they could find was a brass name plate and a few bits of rotten wood.
AFTER the first death, the poet Dylan Thomas famously observed, there is no other. So it is with papal visits. This, the second a reigning Pontiff has made to Scotland, will be every bit as important and memorable as John Paul II's sojourn 28 years ago.
ONLY 65,000 Catholics are now expected to take part in the papal mass in Scotland tomorrow – one third fewer than originally expected and a mere fraction of the total number in the country.
FEW homes can boast the selling point that they have been blessed by a Pope.
IT WAS an iconic moment, captured by television cameras worldwide. His Holiness Pope John Paul II, robes billowing in the breeze, marked his first moments on Scottish soil on 31 May, 1982 by kneeling and kissing the tarmac at RAF Turnhouse in Edinburgh.
WITH Pope Benedict XV1 widely tipped to visit Edinburgh on his visit to the UK, we look back to the last time the Pontiff visited Scotland's capital in 1982.
THE Pope is expected to visit Scotland for the first time in almost 30 years, it was reported last night.
POPE Benedict yesterday issued a strong call for religious freedom in Arab countries, saying everyone should have the right to practice their faith openly and to convert to other religions if they wanted.
POPE Benedict XVI's early life has been laid bare in an authorised biography narrated by his favourite pet cat, Chico.
POPE Benedict XVI tried to prevent his predecessor, John Paul II, from attending a Bob Dylan concert.
POPE John Paul II seriously considered resigning in 2000 because of poor health, his former secretary has disclosed.
AN armoured-plated popemobile used by John Paul II during his visit to Edinburgh was going under the hammer today.
THE famous "Popemobile" used by John Paul II during his 1982 visit to Edinburgh is to be auctioned next month.
A STAINED glass window commemorating the life of Pope John Paul II has been installed in a Lothian church in one of the first tributes of its kind in Scotland.
CATHOLICS in the UK and Ireland will be marking the first anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II this weekend.
POPE John Paul II died worrying that the world seemed dominated by the powers of evil, according to a sermon he had prepared for the day after his death, his successor Pope Benedict said yesterday.
IT IS "beyond any reasonable doubt" that the Soviet Union was behind the 1981 attempt to kill Pope John Paul II, an Italian parliamentary commission has concluded.
POPE Benedict has dropped one of his nine official titles, giving up "Patriarch of the West" in a discreet step apparently intended to help promote closer ties with the Orthodox churches of the East.