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The Pope's role on equality in the UK

Shadow Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liam Byrne on the Equalities Minister backing down after the Pope urged Catholic bishops in England and Wales to fight the government's Equality Bill with "missionary zeal".

Harriet Harman said she will not force through amendments to the bill that would have ended the right of the Church to ban gay people from senior positions - something the Pope said violated natural law.

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