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The Queen has made 380 state visits over the course of her 59-year reign

Mary Kenny says that Queen Elizabeth II’s historic trip to the Republic of Ireland next week could be her most challenging state visit

Lesley-Anne Knight is the first female secretary-general of Caritas Internationalis (CNS photo/Cindy Wooden)

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A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

The Queen receives Archbishop Antonio Mennini, the Apostolic Nuncio, at Buckingham Palace (Lewis Whyld/PA Wire)

Archbishop Mennini was taken to Buckingham Palace in a horse-drawn carriage

Delivered at Birmingham International Airport on Sunday, 19 September 2010

Pope Benedict XVI in Bellahouston Park, Glasgow (Photo: PA)

Papal Visit 2010: first day’s briefing

A summary of the big stories from the first day of the Papal Visit

The Queen and Pope Benedict XVI (Photo: PA)

The full text of Queen Elizabeth II’s welcome speech to Pope Benedict XVI

Queen welcomes Pope Benedict at Palace of Holyroodhouse

As the Queen welcomes the Holy Father, Pope Benedict praises Britain’s heroic Christian heritage and warns of dangers of aggressive secularism