Friday, July 03, 2009

Pope Benedict clears way for Cardinal John Newman to become first English saint in 40 years

Pope Benedict clears way for Cardinal John Newman to become first English saint in 40 years

Daily Mail
By Simon Caldwell
Last updated at 10:46 PM on 03rd July 2009

Cardinal Newman, pictured in his study chapel at the Birmingham Oratory in 1889, will be given the title 'Blessed'

Cardinal Newman, the Anglican vicar who shocked Victorian Britain by converting to Roman Catholicism, is a step closer to becoming the first English saint for 40 years.

Pope Benedict XVI yesterday announced the beatification of John Henry Newman, meaning he will be given the title 'Blessed'.

It follows the recognition by the Vatican of the healing of an American man with a severe spinal condition as a miracle which came about as a result of praying to the Cardinal.

A second miracle is needed to recognise Newman as a saint.
The Pope's decision to beatify him was welcomed by Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster and leader of the Catholic Church in England and Wales.
He said: 'I am delighted to learn this news, which will be warmly welcomed by Catholics around the world.'

Father Paul Chavasse, provost of the Birmingham Oratory, the church that Newman founded, said: 'The Holy Father's decision is one of great significance for the whole Church.'

Newman will be beatified during a solemn Mass in the next year. When Gordon Brown visited the Vatican in February he invited Pope Benedict to Britain to perform the ceremony in person, possibly at Wembley Stadium.

See also:

From Zenit, "Miracle Healing Advances Cardinal Newman's Cause"

From WCVB Boston, "Pope Rules Mass. Man's Recovery A Miracle"

From the Independent, "Cardinal Newman moves step closer to sainthood"

From "This is Oxfordshire," "
Cardinal Newman closer to beatification"

From, "Pope Moves British Cardinal Henry Newman Closer to Sainthood"

From the Boston Herald, "Pope OKs Marshfield miracle to beatify UK Cardinal"

From AP via Yahoo! Asia News,"Pope OKs miracle to beatify UK Cardinal Newman"


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