Rome, Italy, Jul 24, 2010 / 08:46 am
Birmingham's Cofton Park is set to be filled with Catholics for Cardinal John Henry Newman's beatification ceremony on Sept. 19. The momentum of the occasion is bringing attention to several projects to remember the late cardinal.
Organizers have announced that 70,000 people, including 1,000 priests, are expected to be in attendance during Cardinal Newman's beatification, according to Sky News. The ceremony will be celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI himself during his trip to England this fall.
As parish priests across the U.K. are deciding how to distribute their allotted tickets to their parishioners, other initiatives are taking shape around the country.
Stamps commemorating the occasion will be issued on the 120th anniversary of the cardinal's death on Aug. 11. According to Scotsman news, Archdiocese of Birmingham spokesman Peter Jennings has promoted the printing of the postage stamps featuring Cardinal Newman which will be sold together with a "stamp label" bearing the image of the Holy Father.