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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Archbishop Vincent Nichols made a Cardinal

Archbishop Vincent Nichols was made a Cardinal by Pope Francis today. The leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales made headlines last week when he slammed the government's austerity measures as 'a disgrace.'