|Published:||Sep 20, 2010 1:20 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Sep 19, 2010 10:20 PM EDT|
BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) - Pope Benedict is back in Rome and the Vatican is declaring his four-day visit to Britain a "great success."
The Vatican says the pontiff was able to reach out to a nation wary of his message and angry at his church's sex abuse scandal.
On his final day, Benedict praised British heroics against the Nazis to mark the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and moved an Englishman a step closer to possible sainthood. The pope today beatified Cardinal John Henry Newman, a 19th century Anglican convert to Catholicism.
Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi says Benedict's warning about the dangers of an increasingly secularized society had been received "with profound interest" from Britons as a whole.
The British media provided extensive coverage of the visit.
Prime Minister David Cameron, in his farewell speech before Benedict's departure ceremony, said the pope had "challenged the whole country to sit up and think, and that can only be a good thing."