The church should not formally beatify
or canonize any pope until at least 100 years after his death.
The Pope will beatify
Cardinal John Henry Newman at Coventry Airport with 300,000 people expected to attend the event.
The Agence France-Presse reported that Cohen spoke on the importance of the Torah, though he also used the historic opportunity to express his displeasure with the Vatican campaign to beatify
Pope Pius XII.
Millions of Catholics are being asked to email their reasons to beatify
the late pontiff.
First, he said that steps taken by the Church to canonize or beatify
well-known Jewish converts to Catholicism were unwelcome by Jews; second, he criticized the enthusiasm among Vatican officials for Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ; and, third, he argued that Jewish-Catholic dialogue should not be viewed too optimistically, saying, "The ideal is far from the reality" (Nat.
The controversy is likely to grow this fall when Pope John Paul II is scheduled to beatify
Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac, a Croation church leader accused of working with the Nazi government.
Pope Benedict will beatify
Birmingham's Cardinal John Henry Newman during a public mass at the airport.
The pope will beatify
Mother Teresa during a Mass that will also celebrate John Paul II's 25th anniversary as pope and will be televised live worldwide.
Pope John Paul II is to beatify
her at the Vatican Oct.
In June, Pope John Paul II will visit Croatia and Bosnia to beatify
a Croatian nun and the Bosnian-born Croatian layman Ivan Merz (1896-1927).
Brother O'Connell said he hoped the Pope would beatify
Fr O'Sullivan as a Catholic martyr within the next few years.
"Rome is waiting to decide--but they are going to beatify
him, and we don't have any doubts." However, Auxiliary Bishop Gregorio Rosa Chavez of San Salvador said there is "a certain degree of unease" in Rome about Romero's canonization as a martyr.
The Pope came to Turin to beatify
her and two other Italians and, in the high point of the trip, to pause in private prayer before the Turin Shroud, the mysterious linen which many believe to have wrapped the crucified body of Jesus.