UPDATE: On Sept. 27 the Vatican confirmed the trip, probably for the fall of 2010.
Pope Benedict XVI’s all but certain visit to Britain next year — while not yet official, an announcement is expected soon — is generating plenty of excitement this week across the UK. The joy and delight is even greater among the promoters of the canonization cause of Cardinal John Henry Newman.
It’s likely the pontiff’s visit will come in the spring, more specifically around the time of the May 2 beatification of Cardinal Newman at the Birmingham Oratory, which the great promoter of Catholic orthodoxy founded following his conversion to Catholicism in 1845.
Brother Lewis Berry, who manages the cause’s Web site tells CNS that the oratory recently conducted an interview with Sister Mary Dechant, custodian of Cardinal Newman’s home in Littlemore outside of Oxford beginning in 1842. It’s where he was received into the Catholic Church at age 44 by Blessed Dominic Barberi.
The interview provides plenty of historical and biographical information about the cardinal and the house itself.
Brother Berry promises to post the interview on the cause’s Web site in time for the anniversary of Cardinal Newman’s entry into the church, Oct. 9.