As part of his visit to Britain this week, Pope Benedict XVI will beatify John Henry Newman, bringing the 19th century British Cardinal one step closer to sainthood.
Newman, a convert to Catholicism from Anglicanism, was considered one of the greatest Catholic thinkers of his time. At his death in 1890, he was widely considered a saint. He may also have been gay.
Newman had an intense, lifelong friendship with fellow priest Ambrose St. John, whom he lived with for many years. On his deathbed, Newman insisted on being buried in the same grave as St. John.
A failed move by the Church two years ago to exhume Newman and move his body to another grave stirred up a controversy over whether it was an attempt to cover up the cardinal's possible homosexuality.Read/listen:
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