Pope Francis will canonise Blessed John Henry Newman in St Peter’s Square on Sunday, 13th October. This will make Cardinal Newman the first English person who has lived since the 17th century, to be officially recognised as a Saint by the Roman Catholic Church.
A service of praise and celebration will take place at 3pm on Sunday 13th October in St Patrick’s Church, followed by Benediction. All are welcome.
John Henry Newman (1801-1890) was ordained as a Church of England priest and soon became the leader of the Oxford Movement but converted to Catholicism in 1845. He founded the Oratory in England and was later made a Cardinal. When he died at the age of 89, more than 15,000 people lined the streets of Birmingham for his funeral.
Cardinal Newman is widely considered to be one of the most significant figures of the 19th century.
The cause for his sainthood was opened in 1958 and he was declared Venerable by Pope Saint John Paul II in 1991 after his life of ‘heroic virtue’ was recognised. Pope Benedict XVI declared him Blessed in Cofton Park near Birmingham in September 2010, as part of his historic visit to Britain.
His canonisation was made possible by a second miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed John Henry Newman, consisting in the medically inexplicable healing of a pregnant woman with life-threatening complications due to her pregnancy. The cure took place in Chicago, USA, in May 2013. After an initial investigation carried out by the archdiocese of Chicago, it was submitted to the Holy See in 2018, and approved by Pope Francis on 13th February 2019.