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Sun 19 Sep 2010 20:00 BBC Radio 4

30 minutes
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Sunday 19 September 2010

As the final major event of the Pope's historic visit to the UK one of the most distinguised English Catholics of the 19th century, Cardinal Newman, was declared "Blessed" at a major open air ceremony in Birmingham's Cofton Park near to Newman's home and oratory church.

According to the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales and the Bishops' Conference of Scotland, Newman's search for truth, his commitment to education and his moderation in debate all point to a man of faith in God, who cared for people and refused to pursue arguments without touching hearts.

As this visit draws to its conclusion, Edward Stourton presents the Highlights of this Beatification, commentating on the ceremony and explaining the process of making a saint. In particular, he discusses Newman's own journey towards sainthood.


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