Something Lucyna at NZ Catholic, I mean Conservative, missed- Catholicism is now the number one religion for practicing Christians in Britain.
Most people still identify as CofE/Protestants, but thanks to an invasion of Poles and other East Europeans, the Catholics have the fuller churches.
However, the Pope did gain a notable new recruiit- former PM Tony Blair! Who it seems has long been under the influence of wife Cherie. Though as critics noted, Blair passed legislation like civil unions which contradict the teachings of Rome.
Tony Blair's ex media chief Alastair Campbell quipped that at least Blair had not gone muslim.
Talking of which, their numbers are apparantly 1.5 million and rising, rapidly.
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