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Today: Friday 17th September

Catholic education, relations with the Church of England and the role of faith in society will be major themes on the second day of the Pope's state visit. And the head of MI5 has warned the UK faces a continuing serious risk of a lethal terrorist attack taking place.

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Leading experts on invasive species are calling for urgent action from the EU to deter the threat from alien invaders into Europe. Dr Piero Genovesi chairs the Invasive Species Specialist Group and explains the importance of the legislation.

Dissident Irish republicans could attempt to stage terrorist attacks on the British mainland, the head of MI5 has warned. Former Northern Ireland editor of the Sunday Times, Liam Clarke, discusses the increase in terrorist activity in the province.

David Miliband insists he is still the favourite to win the Labour leadership and that he is the man to reach out to voters. He speaks to the BBC's chief political correspondent, Norman Smith.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

Ruth Gledhill, religious affairs correspondent at the Times, previews Pope Benedict's speech at Westminster Hall later today and his meeting with the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Astronomers have produced the most detailed map of the moon's craters. Science journalist and astronomer Dr David Whitehouse analyses the importance of the new images.

The sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Today correspondent Mike Thomson returns to a Catholic orphanage in Harare, Zimbabwe, to find out whether the country's slowly improving economic and political situation has lessened the plight of its orphans.

The paper review.

According to a study published in the British Medical Journal, two supplements taken by millions of people around the world to combat joint pain do not work. Professor Peter Juni, lead researcher on the study, discusses why the supposed cure is ineffective.

Thought for the Day with The Right Reverend Graham James, Bishop of Norwich.

Is too much emphasis placed on academic qualifications when deciding who would make a good teacher? The University of Buckingham's Professor Alan Smithers and Labour MP Barry Sheerman discuss if only those with a good degree should be funded to train as teachers.

The head of MI5, Jonathan Edwards, has warned of a continuing serious risk of a lethal terrorist attack taking place. James Brandon, head of research at the Quilliam Foundation, comments on the potential threat.

Pope Benedict has already made it clear that in the course of his visit he will take on those who question the value of religious faith in society. Lord Patten, coordinator of the Papal visit, analyses how far the Pope's views mirror those of the Church of England

Science correspondent Tom Feilden reports on a new approach to research into cancer being pioneered by physicists at Arizona State University.

The sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The United Nations is making another appeal for help for the victims of the Pakistan floods. Elisabeth Byrs, of its Office of Humanitarian Affairs, says more funds are needed to alleviate the "unprecedented crisis"

On 17 September 1940, the liner City of Benares, bound from Liverpool to Canada, was torpedoed by a German U-boat. Among the survivors was Derek Capel. Mr Capel tells Today presenter Justin Webb about what happened on the day of the attack.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

Should philosophy be the preserve of academia? Nigel Warburton, from the Open University and Bristol University's Professor James Ladyman debate whether philosophers have a responsibility to communicate with the general public.

Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State has compared the effect of Mexican drug cartels to the chaos in Colombia in the 1980s. Author Malcolm Beith describes the country's most notorious drug lord, El Chapo.



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