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'Singing for the Pope was the best day of my life'

A student from Birmingham's Bishop Challoner Catholic College has told ITV News Central that singing for the Pope was the best day of her life.

Cory Smith, a Year-13 sixth former, sang for the Pope in Cofton Park, Birmingham, when he visited in September 2010.

The event attracted around 55,000 people.

The one day visit saw the beautification of Cardinal John Henry Newman

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Miliband: Pope's resignation decision 'a brave one'

Many people will remember his historic visit to the UK in 2010 - which was a very special moment for many, especially Catholics, across the country.

His decision to stand down is a brave one and we know he will not have reached it lightly.

The choice of a successor is clearly an important one for the Catholic Church.

Our thoughts are with those who must make such a critical decision on behalf of millions around the world.

– Labour leader Ed Miliband

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'We've seen changes in the Pope' says Leicester charity

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A charity that fulfils dreams for ill children says it's shocked by the Pope's resignation, after sending nine children to see him in Italy.

The visits were organised by Wishes 4 Kids, a Leicester based charity that has brought to life dreams come true for hundreds of local youngsters.

The charity was set up by Russell Brickett.

"Total surprise. We have taken nine children for the audience with Pope Benedict, so we have seen those slight changes occur in him. But nonetheless, it is still such a great surprise," said Russell.

Over the years, children have been taken to places like Disneyland Paris and rubbed shoulders with their favourite pop stars and sporting heroes.

Eve Brant, Emily Barney and Malachy Pringle all met the Pope in Italy Credit: ITV News Central
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