Day 4 - Last Day of Our Holy Father's visit to the UK

An estimated 55,000 people converged on Cofton Park in Rednal, Birmingham, for a special Mass held by the Pope on his last day of his official visit.  Addressing the crowd the Pope said the beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman was an "auspicious" day.   It is the first beatification to be carried out by Benedict since he was elected Pope in 2005, a mark of his lifelong interest in the 19th century clergyman and famous convert to Catholicism.

In his homily today at the Beatification Ceremony, Our Holy Father said of Bl. Newman  "His insights into the relationship between faith and reason, into the vital place of revealed religion in civilised society, and into the need for a broadly-based and wide-ranging approach to education were not only of profound importance to Victorian England, but continue today to inspire and enlighten many all over the world."
The Holy Father later went for a private visit to the Oratory founded by Bl. John Henry Newman in Birmingham. 
From there he went to Oscott College to visit with the Bishops of the UK and also the Seminarians from all over the UK who were gathered to greet him on this special day. 
This was such a wonderful visit all many memorable moments that each of us will have...

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