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The New Humanist magazine called for constructive engagement with Catholics following Benedict XVI's visit to Britain

Is this a magnificent breakthrough or a pathway to compromise on critical issues?

Halloween was once the vigil feast of All Saints' Day, celebrated on November 1 (Photo: PA)

Can smiley pumpkins, window lights and saints’ costumes really replace pointy hats, plastic fangs and pasty make-up?

An Anglo-Catholic service at Holy Trinity, Reading (Photo: Daniel Lloyd, courtesy of James Bradley)

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Pope Benedict's visit has sparked a huge surge of interest in the Church (Photo: PA)

And, if so, how long will it last?

Cardinal Newman, one of the great intellectuals of the Victorian period (CNS photo/courtesy of the Catholic Church of England and Wales)

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The Houses of Parliament have passed laws that are anti-family and anti-life (Photo: PA)

Debate: Is Britain a moral wasteland?

Or is it still a civilised, Christian country that leads the way on many moral issues?

Will the crowds stay away for the papal visit? (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

The media, certainly, are not indifferent to the Pope’s trip. But are the faithful?

Protesters at Westminster Cathedral in March (Lewis Whyld/PA Wire)

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A girl pictured on the day of her first Holy Communion (CNS/Karen Callaway, Catholic New World)

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The famous Flashing Candle in honour of the Pope's visit to Britain

Some see it as a bit of light-hearted fun, others as a serious distraction from the Gospel