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Roaming Catholic.

AT the half-way stage of the Pope's four-day state visit to Britain, the Vatican should be pleased with the reception so far.

The trip was foreshadowed by the child sex scandal and a cardinal's foolish remarks about "third-world Britain".

And although Benedict XVI lacks the mass appeal of John Paul II, hundreds of thousands have turned out to hear or glimpse him.

Some of what he has said will strike a chord, such as the dangers of a celebrityobsessed culture.

Other comments, including a veiled attack on same-sex relationships, are controversial. But when non-Catholics judge his words, they should remember the Pope is head of a faith with its own distinctive beliefs and views of this world and beyond.

A pontiff does not attempt to be all things to all men and women.

The arrest of a group of men in an antiterrorism swoop was a worrying moment but, that aside, this visit is going smoothly.

We wish the Pope a successful final two days, in London and Birmingham, to crown a visit which is restoring the faith of Catholics and inspiring those of other religions and none.
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Title Annotation:Editorial; Opinion, Leading articles
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 18, 2010
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