18th August 2011
Gay protests greet Pope’s visit to Spain 31
2:36 PM — Gay rights campaigners in Spain held a protest last night to mark the Pope's visit to the country. The Pontiff is in Spain for a four-day visit but critics complain that the country cannot afford the cost of the trip. Estimates suggest the total cost could reach 100 million euros.
24th November 2010
Vatican says everyone can use condoms to prevent HIV 22
10:17 AM — After the Pope said last week that gay male prostitutes may use condoms to prevent HIV, the Vatican now says the u-turn applies to heterosexuals and trans people.
21st November 2010
Pope says male prostitutes could use condoms as first step in their ‘moralisation’ 27
5:05 PM — Sexual health charities, politicians and gay rights campaigners have welcomed what appears to be a relaxation in Pope Benedict XVI's opposition to the use of condoms. In an interview for a book that is due to be published this week, the Pontiff argued that in some cases, the use of condoms can be the first step in the direction of "moralisation" of an individual.
26th October 2010
Gay kissing protest for Pope’s visit to Spain 18
3:08 PM — A gay group is organising a kissing protest to greet Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Spain. The Pope is to tour the country next month and Queer Kissing Flashmob says it will stage the demonstration in front of him during a procession.
17th February 2010
Pope may be invited on BBC’s Thought for the Day 39
5:59 PM — The BBC is in talks with the Pope for him to give the Thought of the Day on Radio 4's Today programme. The Pope is to visit the UK in September and BBC director-general Mark Thompson, a devout Catholic, is understood to have visited the Vatican to discuss BBC coverage of the trip.
12th February 2010
Protestors will tell Pope to ‘snog off’ 39
5:36 PM — A 'kiss-in' will be held as part of Sunday's Valentine's Day protest against the Pope's visit to the UK. Demonstrators plan to march from London's Westminster Cathedral to the Italian embassy in Grosvenor Square and those willing are being asked to take five minutes to publicly show their love for their partners.
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.