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Pope in Solihull for final stop in UK tour

SOLIHULL was the final stop on the Pope’s four-day visit to the UK, with the Prime Minister coming to the borough to see the Pontiff off.

SOLIHULL was the final stop on the Pope’s four-day visit to the UK, with the Prime Minister coming to the borough to see the Pontiff off.

Pope Benedict XVI arrived at Birmingham International Airport on Sunday evening, bringing his trip to an end.

Before leaving on the Papal Plane, he made one final speech - thanking the British people for their welcome.

“During my time with you, I have been able to meet representatives of the many communities, cultures, languages and religions that make up British society.”

While the Pope’s departure took place away from public view, clergymen and other delegates had been invited to bid him farewell.

Speaking at the airport, Prime Minister David Cameron said that the visit had been very moving: “You have spoken to a nation of six million Catholics, but you have been heard by a nation of more than 60 million citizens and by many millions more all around the world.”

Earlier in the day, the Pope had visited Cofton Park, Birmingham Oratory and Oscott College - with some 2000 police officers ensuring his safe passage.

While his visit to the borough was fleeting, some Silhillians had been lucky enough to see him earlier in the day.

Five-year-old Elliott McMahon was blessed as the Pope drove through crowds of Pilgrims at Cofton Park.

And eighty-year-old Honora Mills was one of just 30 people who was chosen to be given bread and wine by His Holiness.

 

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