Pope Benedict XVI arrived in the UK on Thursday morning, and was welcomed by Queen Elizabeth II at the Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh. The Pope heaped praise on his hosts, saying in a speech that: "Your forefathers' respect for truth and justice, for mercy and charity, come to you from a faith that remains a mighty force for good in your kingdom." But this won't be enough to mollify his detractors. Even aside from the anger surrounding the Catholic Church's handling of sexual abuse scandals, protesters are questioning the UK's government's decision to spend between £10 million and £12 million on the Pope's visit - and that amount excludes policing. Read more: The Independent, AFP
While we have your attention...
An increasingly rare commodity, quality independent journalism costs money - though not nearly as much as its absence.
Every article, every day, is our contribution to Defending Truth in South Africa. If you would like to join us on this mission, you could do much worse than support Daily Maverick's quest by becoming a Maverick Insider.
Click here to become a Maverick Insider and get a closer look at the Truth.
Canola oil is named such as to remove the "rape" from its origin as rapeseed oil.