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Kop fan Archbishop 'gets a red hat to go with red shirt'

The former Bishop of Birmingham has praised his old boss, who served as the city's Archbishop, after it was announced he would be made a cardinal.

John Sentamu, now the Archbishop of York, worked with Archbishop Vincent Nichols during his Birmingham appointment, before he moved to Westminster.

John Sentamu, former Bishop of Birmingham Credit: Matthew Fearn/PA

The Pope revealed this morning that Archbishop Vincent would be made a cardinal next month.

Archbishop John welcomed the announcement:

This is wonderful news both for Archbishop Vincent personally and for the Roman Catholic Church in England & Wales.

During my time serving alongside Archbishop Vincent in Birmingham I was able to witness first hand his passion and commitment for the Church and I am delighted to see that both of these have been recognised in today's announcement.

It is also good to see that as a passionate fan of Liverpool FC, Archbishop Vincent will be getting a red hat to go with his precious red shirt!

Archbishop is 'deeply moved' by cardinal appointment

The former Archbishop of Birmingham has said he is "deeply moved" by news he will be made a cardinal by the Pope.

Vincent Nichols, now the Archbishop of Westminster, will receive the red hat on the Feast of St Peter in Rome at the next consistory on February 22.

Former Archbishop of Birmingham Vincent Nicols Credit: PA

The announcement came during Pope's Angelus in St Peter's Square in Rome this morning, in which he created 15 more elector cardinals and three non-elector cardinals.

Archbishop Vincent said:

Today, I am deeply moved by the honour conferred upon the Catholic Church in England and Wales and on the Diocese of Westminster in my appointment as Cardinal by His Holiness Pope Francis.

The Catholic Church in our countries has always had a profound and loving loyalty to the Holy Father, the Successor of St Peter. This appointment enables me, on behalf of all, to serve the Pope in a direct and prolonged way.

Personally, this is a humbling moment when I am asked to take a place in this service of the Holy See and in the line of much loved Cardinal Archbishops of Westminster.

I seek the blessing of Almighty God for these new responsibilities and I ask for the prayers of all people of faith that I may fulfil them with energy and devotion.

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Former Archbishop of Birmingham to be made a Cardinal

The former Archbishop of Birmingham, Vincent Nichols Credit: Fiona Hanson/PA Wire

Former Archbishop of Birmingham, Vincent Nichols, is to be made a cardinal by Pope Francis.

Archbishop Vincent is the 11th Archbishop of Westminster to be named as cardinal. He will receive the red hat on the Feast of St Peter in Rome at the next consistory of cardinals.

He was named Archbishop of Birmingham in 2000 before returning to Westminster in 2009 as Archbishop.

Senior Derbyshire church leader welcomes new Pope appointment

A senior church leader in Derby has welcomed the appointment of the first non-European pope in nearly 1,300 years.

Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio from Argentina, who has taken the name Pope Francis, has been elected the 266th pontiff. He gave his first blessing from the Vatican balcony to thousands yesterday.

Father Tim O'Sullivan from St Mary's Church says he was moved by the Pope's address and looks forward to his papacy.

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Pope thanks faithful for 'love and prayers'

Pope Benedict XVI thanked the faithful for their "love and prayers" at his first public appearance since announcing his resignation, telling them he is stepping down for "the good of the Church".

"Continue to pray for me, for the Church and for the future Pope," he said at the start of his weekly general audience at the Vatican.

Pope Benedict XVI addresses the faithful at his weekly general audience. Credit: Reuters TV

The Pope was interrupted several times by rapturous applause from the 8,000-strong crowd who gathered to watch.

Pope Benedict XVI said he was "well aware of the gravity of such an act" but was also "aware of not being able to carry out my [papal] ministry with the physical and spiritual force that it requires".

Echoing the remarks he made to stunned cardinals when announcing his decision to resign on Monday, the Pope said, "I took this decision in full freedom for the good of the Church after praying for a long time and examining by conscience before God".

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