Vatican: Pope's U.K. Tour a Success

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The Vatican has declared Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the United Kingdom a great success. The pope wrapped up his four-day trip to the island nation on Sunday.

Despite the controversy surrounding the Catholic Church on a number of issues, including the scandal of child abuse allegations, the U.K.'s first official Papal visit in 28 years has received resounding support from Christians of all denominations.

The president of the Methodist Conference, Rev. Alison Tomlin, was one of many church leaders who welcomed the opportunity to personally meet with the pope.

"I was delighted, because I think it's really important that we go on having proper conversations together," Tomlin said. "In England, particularly the Catholic Church has been part of the Ecumenical conversation and the Ecumenical work we do for some time."

The Evangelical Alliance also urged all Christians to unite in their support of the pope's address on religious freedom when he said Britain was facing a growing "secular agenda."

Also, the church leaders who attended a service with the pope at Westminster Abbey, gave their thoughts on the need to use the pope's visit to highlight a greater need for unity against secularism.

There was also a swell of support from the British public, who turned out to see the pope as crowds swelled in the streets of Edinburgh, Birmingham and London.

However, despite the success of the pope's U.K. tour, only time will tell how much this will help turn the tide against the continued controversy surrounding the Catholic Church.

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