Today’s papal visit must-reads: 14/09/10

The sanctuary at Cofton Park in Birmingham, where the Pope will beatify Cardinal Newman on Sunday (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

The BBC reports that thousands of tickets remain unclaimed for the big outdoor events of the Pope’s visit to Britain. The Telegraph says the Church is blaming the early start of Sunday’s Newman beatification Mass.

Pope Benedict will launch a sporting foundation in memory of John Paul II during his trip.

The official papal visit radio station, Heart Gives Unto Heart, began broadcasting this morning.

Cardinal Keith O’Brien says that the cost of the visit will be outweighed by its moral benefits.

Rocco Palmo predicts that the Pope will have strong words for the bishops of England and Wales at the end of his visit.

Carol Zimmermann suggests that Newman’s beatification will be a “teaching moment” for Catholic colleges.

Fr James Martin SJ asks “whose saint is John Henry Newman?“.

Peter Tatchell explains why he believes Benedict XVI should not be welcomed to Britain (video).

Fergal Keane investigates claims that the Pope covered up child abuse (video).

Christopher Hitchens renews his campaign against Benedict XVI on the eve of the papal visit to Britain.

Barrister Neil Addison offers a briefing on the legal status of the Holy See and analyses the campaign to arrest the Pope.

Mail journalist Leo McKinstry explains why he is preparing to become a Catholic.

And the BBC rummages through the official papal visit merchandise (video).