You all know my views on world religion by now - but every-so-often I feel obliged to speak positively about "The Faith", to redress the balance, so to speak.
My cousin Tito Pereira, a science teacher and deacon of the catholic church, was awarded the privilege of assisting the papal mass this morning in Westminster Abbey and also meeting the Pope. To some it may not mean much, but to Tito it is undoubtedly one of the highlights of his Christian life.
It is recognition for the good work he does in spreading the word, whilst respecting others, like myself, who do not share his beliefs.
Tito is a much loved member of the family and an exemplary figure adored by his pupils and friends alike. He is honest in his unshakable belief in God but also open-minded enough to question many aspects of the doctrine and the scriptures. Here he is behind Pope Benedict XVI
The closest a Pereira has ever got to the Pope!
Congratulations Tito, you deserve it. I look forward to another in-depth debate and a beer when we next meet...