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After a moving prayer vigil in London’s Hyde Park Pope Benedict XVI boarded a helicopter to Birmingham this morning to celebrate the beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman. Blessed John Henry Newman is an important figure for both British Catholics and Anglicans. He began his adult life as an Anglican priest and during that time more
It was a moving scene as thousands of candles glittered in the descending dusk in London’s Hyde park this evening during the vigil for the eve of Cardinal Newman’s beatification. The Holy Father’s transit took nearly an hour as the popemobile snaked leisurely through the streets amid the cheering faithful; many of whom were bearing more
Five survivors of clergy sex abuse met with Pope Benedict on Saturday. The meeting lasted between 30 and 40 minutes. The chairman of the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission Bill Kilgallon says he spoke to the victims before hand and said they were “understandably quite emotional.” Vatican Press office director Fr. Federico Lombardi, SJ, described the more
As we count down the hours until Cardinal Newman’s beatification in Birmingham, England, it’s time to take a crash course in just who the Church is honouring. After all, this is the first Mass of beatification that Benedict XVI will personally celebrate during his pontificate. (While canonizations are held in the Vatican, the recent norm more
I ask each of you, first and foremost, to look into your own heart. Think of all the love that your heart was made to receive, and all the love it is meant to give. After all, we were made for love. These phrases from the Holy Father’s address to the young people in the more
By now you’ve probably noticed that Pope Benedict XVI happens to be in UK. Despite the sometimes threatening media coverage leading up to his visit, the Pope has forged onward; undaunted and perhaps even bolder in his addresses to the people of the UK than we could have imagined. Some of you are probably wondering: more