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

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

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

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’

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

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