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Niqab discussion held by Rochdale Community Forum

A single, often black, piece of cloth has become the centre of much discussion and media frenzy of late such that some MP’s have called for a ‘national debate’ on it.

Some call it a barrier to communication, an impediment to dialogue and cohesion and others call it a risk to our national security.

The niqab is proudly adopted as a symbol of religious observance by many members of our local community whilst others will feel somewhat uncomfortable around this apparel.

– Rochdale Community Forum

Saint's relics go on tour

The relics of a 19th century Italian Catholic priest go on display in Liverpool today

The city's Metropolitan Cathedral is hosting the relics of St John Bosco as part of a world tour.

They can be seen in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel until a closing mass at 5.15pm.