Blessed John Henry Newman to be made Saint in October

 

John Henry Newman, who was born in 1801, was ordained as a priest in 1847 after converting to Catholicism (Getty Images)

From BBC News:

Cardinal John Henry Newman will be made a saint later this year, the Pope has confirmed.

Pope Francis has announced the date of the canonisation as 13 October.

Newman founded the Birmingham Oratory in 1849 and, when he died at the age of 89, 15,000 people lined the city’s streets for his funeral.

He will be the first English saint since the Forty Martyrs were canonised in 1970, after being executed under Reformation laws.

The Archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Vincent Nichols said it was a “moment of great pride”.

“John Henry Newman is known for many great qualities, but we remember him particularly for the kindness and compassion of his ministry to the people of Birmingham,” he said.

It comes after a second miracle in his name was confirmed by the Pope earlier this year.

Two authenticated miracles are required before sainthood and Newman has been credited with curing a man’s spinal disease and is now said to have healed a woman’s unstoppable bleeding.

Newman was beatified (the process in which an individual is declared blessed after a miracle is attributed to him or her) in 2010 by Pope Benedict before tens of thousands of people in his home city.

John Henry Newman founded the Birmingham Oratory in Edgbaston in 1849 (Getty Images)

During his life, Newman was a respected religious scholar, who spent much of his time helping the poor and sick.

The British Ambassador to the Holy See, Sally Axworthy, added: “Cardinal Newman had a major impact on Catholic theology and on education worldwide, making him a truly global Briton.

“I very much look forward to the celebrations.”

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3 Responses to Blessed John Henry Newman to be made Saint in October

  1. Robert John Bennett says:

    Thank you. I saw this too. I wonder what Cardinal Newman would think of this horrific pontificate. Incidentally, I went to Mass at St. Andreas at noon, because I forgot that there was a Mass in Josefskapelle. I had it marked on my calendar, but, as has happened before, I had so much to do today that I didn’t look at my calendar until it was too late!

    In Christo,

    Robert

    On Mon, 1 Jul 2019 at 16:19, Catholicism Pure & Simple wrote:

    > Catholicism Pure & Simple posted: ” From BBC News: Cardinal John Henry > Newman will be made a saint later this year, the Pope has confirmed. Pope > Francis has announced the date of the canonisation as 13 October. Newman > founded the Birmingham” >

  2. newsandtimes says:

    when i saw it was an article by the BBC, i expected there to be thrown in gender and identity politics, some scandals, women ordinations and marriage, but no, a relatively straight forward article, but they did manage a ‘pride’ and a ‘global’.

  3. mmvc says:

    @newsandtimes

    ;o)

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