Manchester’s first alumnus Cardinal appointed

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21 Feb 2014

Archbishop Vincent Nichols, who took an MA Theology at The University of Manchester in 1971, is to be made a Cardinal by Pope Francis tomorrow (22 Feb).

Vincent Nichols

The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Westminster will collect the traditional red hat from the Pope Francis in a ceremony at the Vatican.

He will be one of 19 new Cardinals from 12 countries around the globe, and will be appointed at the formal meeting of the Sacred College of Cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church.

His nomination, comes five years after he succeeded Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor as leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales.

He was born in Crosby, Liverpool in 1945 and as a young boy and  decided to become a priest at a football match,  according to a 2007 interview with The Times.

He told BBC News: "I am deeply moved by the honour conferred on the Catholic Church in England and Wales and on the Diocese of Westminster in my appointment.

"Personally this is a humbling moment."
 

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