I think the images of today's Apostolic Visit were maybe more powerful than what was said, though the two addresses were significant especially the Holyrood speech.
The day began on a very low key with the Pope being welcomed by the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, I was rather touched by that little snatch of conversation about the weather with Card Cormac. The swift drive through the Scottish capital again seemed low key.
The meeting with Queen, the exchange of rather lavish gifts, the Pope giving a 9th Century Gospel, the Queen a folio of Holbein drawings marked a change of gear. The Queen shared her faith, although obviously her speech was written and approved by a government official was warm and gracious, the Pope's words were a Preface to his whole visit. I thought his occassional mispronunciations added to his charm.
The meeting in the marque with Scottish notables and ordinary people from various "faith" communities was delightfully informal, not much pomp.
The St Ninian's Day procession looked great fun, Cardinal O'Brien made it more of a carnival by draping a papal tartan scarf around the Pope, which he happily wore. There were pipes and drum, flags and cheers, one of the touching moments was the motorcade stopping and the Pope kissing a little child.
I was impressed by the fact the motorcade ended up not at some great hall but a modest Morningside villa for lunch of tatties and neeps with just a dozen or so guests but only after he had patted the heads of the local primary school children. Somehow it showed the modesty and humility of the Pope, yes and his grace filled joy too.
Though I thought the liturgy of the Mass was a bit contrived, it was full of joy and the Pope spoke gently and clearly, to bishops, to priests and especially to young people.
There were no signs of protesters, security was heavy but still the Pope charmed everyone including Alex Salmond who grinned from ear to ear and reportedly saying that Scotland would not exist without the Catholic Church.