19 March 2010

Ven. John Henry Card. Newman

Peter Jennings reports on the press conference held at St Chad's in Birmingham in regard to the Pope coming to beatify Newman. Peter writes:

Local flavour and colour, but not specific detail about the historic visit of Pope Benedict XVI to the Midlands was given during a relaxed 45-minute press conference, chaired by Peter Jennings, Press Secretary to Archbishop Bernard Longley and the Archdiocese of Birmingham, at Cathedral House, Birmingham, on Friday 19 March, the Feast of St Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church.

I'm not sure what exactly the 'local flavour and colour' is, but he does report:

An estimated 250,000 pilgrims and more than 4,000 members of the media from all over the world are likely to attend the two-hour ceremony that will be followed by Pope Benedict XVI reciting the Angelus, as he does in public every Sunday at noon.

They will be expecting something, so I guess we better start flavouring and colouring!

More on the Papal Visit website here.

You can also see the press interest here from Central News, including Fr Tim, the PP where the Pope will visit. Watch from about 14 minutes into the program.

Midlands Today are running it in their news broadcast, here, and you can see from approximately 13 minutes into the show.

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