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The Daily Mail has just published online a great wrap-up of the papal visit with a fantastic photo selection showing the face of British Catholicism.

The Pope flew home last night after a triumphant four-day state visit, declaring that Britons have a thirst for Christianity.

In a final attack on the atheists who tried to wreck the visit, Benedict XVI said that the country has become ‘a highly secularised environment’.

His speech was the culmination of a tour aimed at re-evangelising a country he believes has slipped away from its Christian roots.

The popularity of his visit confounded opponents who predicted thin congregations and empty parks.

Benedict’s speeches and homilies – which have confronted his own Nazi past – appear to have overshadowed the views of protesters, led by Stephen Fry and gay rights activist Peter Tatchell…

The Mail later added:

By last night the protesters appeared defeated, with celebrity objectors virtually silent and demonstrations against the visit few and muted.

Carolyn Moynihan

Carolyn Moynihan is the former deputy editor of MercatorNet