Monday, August 23, 2010



Pope Benedict XVI will be in the United Kingdom this September to beatify John Henry Cardinal Newman. In partnership with the Cause for Cardinal Newman’s Canonization, The Cardinal Newman Society (CNS) will be leading the Official U.S. pilgrimage to England for the beatification. CNS will be available for informed commentary and exclusive interviews before, during and after Pope Benedict’s trip to England.

There are interview opportunities available with:

Fr. Richard Duffield, Cong. Orat. - Actor of Newman’s Cause for Canonization and Provost of the Birmingham Oratory

Patrick J. Reilly - President of The Cardinal Newman Society

Fr. Ian Ker – Oxford scholar and author of the definitive Newman biography

Fr. Michael Barber, S.J. - Newman scholar and CNS pilgrimage spiritual director

CNS will be providing daily updates regarding Pope Benedict’s visit, especially as it relates to Cardinal Newman’s beatification.


The pilgrimage will take place from September 15 -22, 2010.

Pope Benedict XVI will be in England from September 16-19.

The Beatification Mass with Pope Benedict is on September 19.

Interviews are being scheduled beginning August 23.


Interviews are available in person and via phone or email.

We invite members of the media to meet with us during the pilgrimage to England, which will include the following locations:

Oxford – Thurs., Sept. 16 – Oxford Oratory, Littlemore

Birmingham – Fri., Sept. 17 – Exclusive tour of Newman’s archive, library, chapel at Birmingham Oratory; audience with Deacon Jack Sullivan, healed by Newman’s intercession

Sat., Sept. 18 – Newman conference, concert of “Dream of Gerontius”

Sun., Sept. 19 – Beatification Mass with Pope Benedict XVI (VIP section)

London – Mon., Sept. 20 – Brompton Oratory, historic Catholic sites


No other U.S. Catholic experts will be so focused on the events surrounding Newman’s beatification, and on location, as The Cardinal Newman Society. CNS is working in partnership with the Cause for Cardinal Newman’s Canonization to protect and preserve the archive of more than 10,000 of Newman’s original manuscripts which remain at the Birmingham Oratory.

Newman’s writings are of great importance to the Church and Western culture, especially in our time. His courageous yet orthodox exploration of themes including Catholic higher education, Liberalism, human freedom, conscience, relationships between the Church and State, the development of doctrine, and Marian theology are all very relevant today. It is because of Newman’s work in these areas that he has been called a “Father of Vatican II,” and many expect that he will be declared a Doctor of the Church when he is Canonized.

Pope Benedict XVI’s reception by Queen Elizabeth II on September 16 will mark the first Papal state visit to the United Kingdom in history (as Pope John Paul II’s 1982 visit was not at the invitation of the UK government). Cardinal Newman will become the first English Blessed to have lived since Reformation times.


Schedule interviews with The Cardinal Newman Society by contacting communications manager Adam Wilson at or 703-367-0333, ext. 102.

We can arrange to meet you during our pilgrimage, correspond by email, or talk live on the phone.

Watch the updates at our website (

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