Northern Ireland

What the papers say


Journalist Liz Kennedy takes a look at what is making the headlines in Friday's newspapers.

The Pope is the man on most front pages.

Along with many others, the Irish News reports the Pope's call to return to the faith, and his appeal to young Catholics to resist the "destructive and divisive" temptations of drugs, money, sex, pornography and alcohol.

For The Guardian, it was a "blistering attack" on atheism; the Daily Mail describes it as an "extraordinary salvo" and The Independent calls it a "mission improbable."

The Daily Telegraph Matt cartoon has a couple at the breakfast table, with the wife reading about the papal visit, while the husband says that the face of Richard Dawkins has appeared on his piece of toast.

Meanwhile the News Letter pictures the Pope with the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, reporting that prominent unionists are at odds with the Queen's praise of the Vatican's role in bringing peace to Northern Ireland.

The Irish Times also has the Pope and the Queen in its front page picture, noting the Pope's words on the "lapse of vigilance in child abuse by priests."

The Belfast Telegraph leader says that whilst the Pope went "further than before" by calling child sex abuse " a perversion", the church still seems "unable to grasp the full depth of pain" the issue has caused.

Meanwhile, the risk of terror attack is back on the front pages as well

The Daily Telegraph quotes the head of MI5, who has said that Britain faces danger on two fronts from al-Qaeda extremists and Irish Republican militants.

The risk has doubled, he says, with 100 Britons said to be in al-Qaeda training camps.

The Sun also carries the story, saying that Irish terrorists have got hold of Semtex, left over from before the IRA ceasefire.

The Guardian reports that the danger of al-Qaeda extremists has moved from Pakistan to Somalia, where the training camps are thought to be located.

Beef and beer

The Times reports from Nigeria that Ramadan brought terrible bloodshed to "war-torn Mogadishu".

A more domestic battle is the lead in the Daily Mail.

It's war on store waste, in what the Mail dubs a "landmark prosecution."

One of the large supermarkets is being taken to court for using excessive wrapping on beef.

It's the first to face official action. The Independent says that the timing for Sainsbury's - the chain in court - was unfortunate, as it had just trumpeted its plan for cutting packaging by putting cereals into bags instead of boxes.

Meanwhile the paper also reports the war against the stink of stale beer. Oktoberfest is brewing in Munich next month and now there's a smoking ban, there won't be a smell of smoke, so German scientists are working on putting microbes into the beer to eliminate the odour, when spilled.

And finally, provenance of food is always important, especially if you're dining in a safari park.

Woburn Safari Park admits serving up food in its restaurant that had been given for use by the animals.

Leftover vegetables were cherry-picked by visitor restaurant chefs, according to the Daily Telegraph.

They took out the potatoes and onions that were to be eaten by creatures including rhinos, giraffes and elephants.

It was a one-off apparently, according to a local councillor, with no food safety implications - also the animals don't actually eat spuds or onions.

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