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Professor John Charmley

John Charmley said the university aimed to educate ‘the whole person, body and spirit as well as intellect’

Vatican official Fr Friedrich Bechina speaks at the Benedict XVI Centre’s launch (Benedict XVI Centre)

Don’t let our faith be privatised

I know from experience that religion is seen as prejudiced or irrelevant. But Catholics have a vital role to play in politics – as a new centre will demonstrate

The university approved the creation of the Centre in 2015, the fifth anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI's historic visit to St Mary's (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

The new centre at St Mary’s has the approval of the Vatican’s Secretariat of State

Ruth Kelly, former Labour minister (PA)

The former Labour minister will be pro-vice chancellor for research and enterprise

Former president of Ireland Dr Mary McAleese (PA)

The former president of Ireland will teach Irish Studies

Prof Eamon Duffy, an honorary fellow, said in a resignation letter that the university’s Catholic ethos had gone ‘badly amiss’

The Solemnity of All Saints: Revelation 7:2-4 & 9-14; 1 John 3:1-3; Matthew 5:1-12

Pope Benedict XVI and Lord Sacks at a meeting of religious leaders at St Mary's University, Twickenham, last month (Photo: PA)

Lord Sacks describes meeting Pope Benedict XVI in Twickenham last month as a moment he ‘shall never forget’

Some of the Stonyhurst party pictured at Cofton Park, Birmingham, on Sunday September 19

Pupils talk about seeing the Pope at several of the major events

Footage of the Pope in Twickenham today