Wednesday, May 12, 2004

May 12, 1879
was the date when Venerable John Henry Newman, C.O., became John Henry Cardinal Newman, C.O.
His biglietto speech is here.
One of the Fathers who accompainied him wrote home to Birmingham:
"All has passed off beautifully—an immense crowd—the Father made a very fine speech, which you will see verbatim in the Times, and which is very heartily enjoyed here. How he managed it St. Philip knows best—but he did not cough—and his delivery was very animated, and perfect, as the vehicle of his words. Several Cardinals have come—more will be coming this evening. They are very cordial, and seem very earnestly and sincerely to look on the Father as a glorious addition to their number. One said he read English and knew the 'Apologia' &c. well. I am now easy about the Father—I have been at times uneasy. The cough is obstinate and weakness great. He seems today quite himself. Old Wagner from Brighton was present.

The Italian ladies behind me were unanimous that he was: 'che bel vecchio! che figura!' &c. &c. 'pallido si, ma bellissimo,' &c. &c. &c. In short the Father was quite up to the occasion, which is saying a great deal."

Back in 1979, the Holy Father wrote a letter to the Archbishop of Birmingham,commemerating the centenary of this event.


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