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By on Monday, 8 November 2010

Pope Benedict XVI celebrates Mass at the Sagrada Familia church in Barcelona (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Pope Benedict XVI celebrates Mass at the Sagrada Familia church in Barcelona (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Benedict XVI made a memorable visit to Spain at the weekend. Here are the full texts: in-flight Q&A, welcoming ceremony, visit to Santiago de Compostela cathedral, Mass in the Plaza del Obradoiro, Mass at Sagrada Familia, Angelus address, visit to special education school of Nen Déu and the farewell ceremony.

Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi described the consecration of the Sagrada Familia as “one of the most joyful moments” of Benedict XVI’s life.

The Archbishop of Canterbury is expected to announce the resignation of two Church England bishops today. The Rt Rev Keith Newton, Bishop of Richborough, and the Rt Rev Andrew Burnham, Bishop of Ebbsfleet, are likely to play a leading role in the Personal Ordinariate of England and Wales.

A young man hit Belgian Archbishop André-Joseph Léonard in the face with a pie during Mass on All Saints’ Day (video).

Sister Dulce, who died in 1992 after a lifetime dedicated to the poor of Brazil, will be beatified soon.

An Iraqi archbishop has appealed for Christians to leave his homeland in an address at the Syrian Orthodox church in London.

John Allen analyses the relationship between Catholicism and Islam in the wake of the Baghdad massacre.

Christopher Ruddy says that the ecumenical movement has entered an exciting new phase.

Scott Nehring criticises the saccharine nature of Christian films today.

And Benedict XVI watched with pleasure on Saturday as the giant swinging censer known as the botafumeiro was unleashed in Santiago de Compostela cathedral.