Yesterday I spent the morning at the V&A viewing the Raphael tapestries and cartoons alongside each other for the first time in almost 500 years. What an amazing opportunity! The cartoons and the tapestries, not to mention the sketches and the diary of Paris de Grassis (the Papal MC during the reign of Pope Leo X), are all well worth seeing and the catalogue is a bargain at £10. I'm not on commission.
London is preparing to welcome Pope Benedict later this week in some style. Chief amongst these preparations are those of the London Oratory whose Father in the Faith, John Henry Newman, will be beatified by the Holy Father on Sunday morning. Here are some photos of the really splendid decorations they have put up to celebrate the event, and of the Newman Altar (under the organ) which will act as Newman's shrine in the Oratory there.