Tuesday 22 October 2019

Pope to canonise 19th century Anglican convert John Henry Newman in October

The ceremony to honour the former Oxford University academic will be held on October 13.

Cardinal John Henry Newman (Fathers of the Birmingham Oratory/PA)
Cardinal John Henry Newman (Fathers of the Birmingham Oratory/PA)

By Associated Press Reporter

A prominent Anglican convert, John Henry Newman, who later became a Catholic cardinal and was hailed by the Vatican for improving relations between religions, will be made a saint in October.

Pope Francis on Monday decreed that his canonisation ceremony be held on October 13.

The Holy See did not say where the ceremony would be held, but it was widely expected to take place at the Vatican.

Pope Benedict XVI during the Birmingham mass to beatify Cardinal John Henry Newman (David Jones/PA)

Newman renounced an illustrious career at Oxford University to convert to Catholicism in 1845.

Pope Benedict XVI beatified him, the last formal step before sainthood, while visiting Britain in 2010.

Anglicans split from Rome in 1534 when King Henry VIII was denied a marriage annulment.

In February, Francis approved a miracle needed for Newman’s sainthood.

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