Friday, October 02, 2009

Benedict's Trip to Britain: New Details Emerge

From the Catholic Herald today comes a story about the forthcoming visit of the Holy Father to Britain, where it is surmised he might visit London, Oxford, Birmingham and Edinburgh.

Within that story is the expected question of whether the Holy Father would himself beatify Cardinal Newman during the course of his visit:

Some Catholics are hoping the Pope will break with convention and beatify Cardinal Newman himself.

Fr Federico Lombardi, the Pope's spokesman, said such a trip would be an "obvious occasion" to beatify Cardinal Newman. A journalist in the Czech Republic noted that Benedict XVI had previously expressed a preference to allow beatifications to be carried out by the local Church rather than by the Pope. In response, Fr Lombardi said: "We have a year to figure that out."

A Church insider said: "Cardinal Newman is the major event. It wouldn't be ridiculous to suggest that it's a possibility. The Pope has said it's his rule not to preside at beatifications but it's his rule to break.

"Pope Benedict is a great admirer of Newman and this visit is about Newman, and about what it says about the Church.

Source: Benedict's trip to Britain: new details emerge - Catholic Herald Online

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