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The process to beatify John Paul II is accelerating.

From left to right: Audrey Hamilton, Rose Layson, Dee Williams, Desmond Gaynor, pilgrim leader, and Eamonn Hamilton of Our Lady and St Thomas of Canterbury, Harrow on the Hill in north London

Pilgrims from Harrow on the Hill in north London were delighted to make the journey to Cofton Park for the beatification of John Henry Newman

Ade Olopade of the Oratory school, near Reading, holds the Missal for the Pope

The beatification of John Henry Newman had special meaning for staff and pupils of the Oratory School and Oratory Prep School

Crowds from 71 countries filled the Sanctuary of Divine Love in Rome

Victorian convert is beatified in front of tens of thousands at Cofton Park, Birmingham

Pope beatifies Cardinal John Henry Newman

In the presence of thousands, Benedict XVI beatified Newman at Cofton Park in Birmingham in one of the last ceremonies of his trip

The sanctuary at Cofton Park (Photo: PA)

Pope Benedict beatifies Cardinal Newman

In homily, Pontiff praises English men and women who resisted the ‘evil ideology’ of Nazism

Pope Benedict XVI leads his Angelus prayer from the balcony of his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo (CNS photo/Max Rossi, Reuters)

Pope asks for prayers for trip to Britain

Pontiff: ‘Cardinal Newman is an inspiration for ecumenism’

One line repeated on the radio recently was that Newman did not speak to other members of his community for 20 years (CNS photo/courtesy of the Catholic Church of England and Wales)

There are so many stories about his warmth and charity it is hard to know where to begin

Images of Cofton Park sanctuary put online

Images of Cofton Park sanctuary put online

Computer-generated images show domed stage and sweeping stained glass background