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‘I must learn patience, because, please God... I have another 20 years of service as a bishop to look forward to’ (David Jones/PA Archive/Press Association Images)

‘I think what I must learn is patience’

Anna Arco meets a relieved archbishop at the end of a challenging year marked by the success of the papal visit

But not, perhaps, controversial enough for John Humphrys

Archbishop Bernard Longley, Canon Gerry Breen and Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, pictured after Mass in St Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham, on December 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

Archbishop Longley recalls papal visit at Mass on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin

Archbishop Longley pictured with, left to right, the Lady Mayoress of Birmingham, Gill Gregory, Fr Richard Duffield of the Birmingham Oratory, Councillor Alan Rudge, the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Len Gregory, Canon Catherine Ogle of St Philip’s Anglican Cathedral and Fr Gerry Breen (Photograph: Peter Jennings)

Archbishop Bernard Longley says he is ‘delighted’ by this year’s Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery Nativity Trail

Queen Elizabeth II receives the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Faustino Sainz Munoz, who presented his Letter of Credence

Archbishop Sainz Muñoz, nuncio to Great Britain, says the Pope’s visit showed the vitality of the British Church

Wanda Wozmirska (centre row, third from left) and Archbishop Bernard Longley with (back row, left to right) Canon Anthony Allport, parish priest, Fr Eamonn Corduff and Fr Brendan Carrick, Wolverhampton Dean

Wolverhampton school celebrates 40 years

Archbishop Bernard Longley celebrates 40th anniversary of primary school in Wolverhampton

Newman and papal visit receive stamp of approval

Isle of Man Stamps and Coins commemorates papal visit

Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk

Archbishop of Birmingham talks about the papal visit and Cardinal Newman’s legacy

Photo: PA

Pope Benedict XVI will use the Popemobile during parts of his tour in Britain so that more people can greet him

Archbishop Vincent Nichols greets Deacon Jack Sullivan at Westminster Cathedral last year (Photo: Mazur/CCN)

US deacon cured of spinal disorder after praying to Cardinal Newman will be personal guest of archbishop