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Papal visit DVD will be released before Christmas

Pope Benedict XVI greets young people gathered outside Westminster Cathedral (Photo: PA)

A DVD showing highlights of the papal visit is to be issued by the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales in time for Christmas, it emerged this week.

The DVD will include footage of all of Pope Benedict XVI’s speeches in Britain and will be released a few weeks before Christmas.

Producing the DVD has been complicated by the fact that the bishops’ conference did not secure copyright from musicians and broadcasters in advance of the visit.

Copyright was bought for the live feed transmitted to millions online but the bishops’ conference has to seek separate deals to include footage on the DVD.

Pope Benedict’s four-day trip to Britain can still be relived at, where video highlights have been viewed by at least half a million people since September 19, when the Pope left Britain. During the visit it was watched by three million.

It was confirmed this week that the videos will be kept online “in perpetuity” as a permanent record of the papal visit.

The bishops of England and Wales are expected to discuss how best to build on the legacy of the papal visit at their plenary meeting next week. It will be the first time the bishops have met since the Pope visited Britain in September, and also since the coalition government came into power in May.