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Isle of Man postal service issues three stamps to mark papal visit to Britain

Will the crowds stay away for the papal visit? (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

The media, certainly, are not indifferent to the Pope’s trip. But are the faithful?

Archbishop Bernard Longley meets travellers at a Mass in Walsingham last year

The travellers, from Ireland, say they hope to be blessed by the Pope but do not have tickets for the Mass

The sculpture of Cardinal Newman at the London Oratory (Mazur/www.thepapalvisit.org.uk)

Newman’s feast day will be October 9

Pope Benedict XVI will make the announcement during the beatification Mass next month

Michelle McManus, who will perform before the start of the papal Mass in Glasgow’s Bellahouston Park (Photo: Anthony Harvey/PA)

Pop idol to perform for Pope

Michelle McManus, winner of the 2003 series of the television show Pop Idol, will sing for the Pope when he visits Scotland

Cardinal Keith O’Brien’s home in Morningside, Edinburgh, where he will welcome Pope Benedict XVI for a private lunch (Photo: Peter Jennings)

Cardinal: visit will boost faith

Cardinal Keith O’Brien: Pope will remind Catholics in Britain how they should live their faith today

Susan Boyle says her faith is the 'backbone' of her life (Photo: Scottish Catholic Media Office)

Susan Boyle to sing for the Pope

Scottish star will sing “I Dreamed a Dream” before papal Mass at Bellahouston Park

Stonemason Neil Reid works on a lectern, or ambo, to be used by the Pope in Glasgow                (Danny Lawson/PA)

Scotland unveils marble chair and altar

Stonemason says he is working ‘flat out’ to finish the project in time for papal Mass at Bellahouston Park

Archbishop Nichols: 'Faith in God brings great riches and joy to men' (Mazur/CCN)

Archbishop Nichols says it will be a chance to show secularised society that faith is a gift, not a problem

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