The Holy Father gave a deeply pastoral speech of encouragement to the bishops of England, Wales and Scotland today, the final day of his four-day visit to Britain.
Below is the full text of his speech, and farewell address at Birmingham airport. The farewell speech of Archbishop Vincent Nichols can be found here, and Prime Minister David Cameron’s address, in which he pledged that faith will always be part of the fabric of British society, can be found here.
My dear Brother Bishops,
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