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Alex Salmond, left, during the visit of Benedict XVI to Scotland in 2010 (Photo: PA)

In a letter the outgoing First Minister is described as ‘one of the most able politicians’ in British history

A facial reconstruction of King Richard III (CNS)

There will be no prayers for his soul at this interfaith farrago in the presence of leaders of ‘the world faiths’ and the archbishop of Canterbury

Alex Salmond and Alistair Debate shake hands after their televised debate last month (PA)

Why has it proven so hard for the Better Together campaign to galvinise enthusiastic support for our union?

The flag of St George, the flag of Scotland and the Union flag fly on the border (PA)

Despite historical fears of sectarianism, some former Catholics have become Scottish Nationalists

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond with Cardinal Keith O'Brien (PA Wire)

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The papal chemistry is still active on British soil; now, we can relax and enjoy the visit

Cardinal O'Brien says American lawmakers should 'turn their gaze inwards, rather than scrutinising the working of the Scottish justice system' (Photo: CNS)

Cardinal Keith O’Brien criticises American ‘culture of vengeance’ after calls for Scottish leaders to appear at Senate hearing