Archbishop Vincent Nichols to be made a Cardinal

Archbishop Vincent Nichols will be made a Cardinal by Pope Francis today. The leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales was born in Crosby in Liverpool.

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Archbishop Vincent Nichols created a cardinal by Pope

The leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales has been created a cardinal by Pope Francis.

The Most Rev Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster, received the symbolic red hat at a consistory ceremony in Rome.

Most Rev Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster created a cardinal by Pope Francis Credit: RTV

The Archbishop was one of 19 cardinals created during the ceremony this morning at St Peter's Basilica.

Pope Francis bestows symbolic red hat in Rome. Credit: RTV
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Former-Pope Benedict makes rare appearance

Pope Benedict sat in the front row at the ceremony in the Vatican.
Pope Benedict sat in the front row at the ceremony in the Vatican.

Former Pope Benedict made a surprise entrance into St. Peter's Basilica to attend a ceremony at which his successor, Pope Francis, was elevating 19 prelates to the high rank of cardinal.

Benedict, who resigned a year ago, sat quietly wearing a long white overcoat in the front row along with other cardinals.

It was the first time he has attended a papal ceremony since his resignation, although he and Francis have met several times.

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Crosby-born Vincent Nichols to be made a cardinal

Vincent Nichols to be made a cardinal Credit: PA

The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols, is to be created a Cardinal by Pope Francis today.

Archbishop Nichols, was born in Crosby in Liverpool in 1945 and has been a priest for almost fifty years.

He is the 11th Archbishop of Westminster to be created a Cardinal.