10th February 2010
Valentine’s Day protest over Pope’s UK visit 10
2:53 PM — A protest against the Pope's visit to the UK is to take place in central London this Sunday. It is being planned by the Central London Humanist Group in partnership with the British Humanist Association, the National Secular Society and gay equality group OutRage! among others.
9th February 2010
Pope admits priests ‘violated’ the rights of children 18
5:53 PM — Pope Benedict XVI has admitted in a speech that certain members of the church “violated rights” of children.
5th February 2010
Pope to include Scotland in UK visit 38
6:39 PM — Pope Benedict XVI said today he would also be visiting Scotland when he comes to the UK later this year. He made the announcement to Scottish bishops visiting the Vatican.
3rd February 2010
EasyJet offers to pay for Pope’s UK flights 37
1:37 PM — Budget airline Easyjet has offered to fly the Pope to the UK for free, following controversy over the estimated £20 million cost for his visit.
7,000 sign protest against Pope’s visit 38
1:17 PM — More than 7,000 people have signed a petition against the Pope's state-funded visit to the UK. The petition was set up two days ago by the National Secular Society, which estimates the Pontiff's four-day visit in September will cost the UK £20 million.
Harriet Harman will not continue fight over gay church staff 117
11:58 AM — Equality minister Harriet Harman has backed down over an amendment on who churches can employ. She is thought to have made the climbdown to avoid a continuing dispute with church leaders in the face of the Pope's visit in September.
1st February 2010
Pope Benedict XVI criticises gay rights in Equality Bill 76
6:37 PM — Pope Benedict XVI criticised the Equality Bill on Monday for violating "natural law". He was thought to be referring to provisions in the bill which would have forced churches to employ gay staff. These were defeated by the House of Lords last week.