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Pilgrims at the Hyde Park vigil: it was 'very united, very noisy, very peaceful'  (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

The last few days have been stupendous. Here are some of my immediate impressions

A screenshot of the encounter from Sky News

Pope gives sniffer dog a pat of thanks

Pope Benedict XVI greeted Jake, a black Springador, before he left for Birmingham International Airport yesterday

Pope Benedict XVI leaves Britain after a farewell ceremony at Birmingham International Airport

Pope Benedict XVI waves on the steps of his aircraft at a departure ceremony at Birmingham International Airport (Photo: Ben Birchall/PA)

Vatican: papal visit was a success

Pope saw Britain’s response as ‘very, very positive’, according to Vatican spokesman

The visit was a personal triumph for the Holy Father himself (Photo: PA)

The last four days began in anxiety, but ended in euphoria

David Cameron and Pope Benedict XVI at a farewell ceremony at Birmingham International Airport (Photo: PA)

In a powerful farewell speech, David Cameron says faith ‘has always been part of the fabric of our country’

Delivered at Birmingham International Airport on Sunday, 19 September 2010

Cardinal Keith O’Brien: ‘You have reassured us that Christianity is alive and well in our countries’

Bishops of England, Scotland and Wales gather around Pope Benedict XVI for a group photograph at Oscott College, Birmingham, in imitation of a famous painting of the first bishops' synod there in 1852 (Photo: Matt Cardy/PA Wire)

Delivered at Oscott College, Birmingham on Sunday, 19 September 2010

Pope beatifies Cardinal John Henry Newman

In the presence of thousands, Benedict XVI beatified Newman at Cofton Park in Birmingham in one of the last ceremonies of his trip