Today Vatican News has officially announced that our School’s Founder, Blessed John Henry Newman, will be canonised a saint in St Peter’s Square, Rome, on Sunday 13 October this year. He will be the first English person born since the 17th century to be declared a saint by the Catholic Church.
At a Consistory of cardinals on Monday, Pope Francis formally approved Newman’s canonisation along with that of Sister Mariam Thresia of India, founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family, and three others.
In February, the Pope signed a decree recognising a second miracle attributed to Blessed John Henry Newman, the inexplicable healing of a woman with a “life-threatening pregnancy”.
Blessed John Henry Newman was one of the most prominent converts to Catholicism from Anglicanism of the 19th century. He was already an esteemed Anglican theologian when he founded the Oxford Movement to return the Church of England to its Catholic roots, before himself converting to the Catholic faith.
He was renowned as a brilliant thinker and was made a cardinal by Pope Leo XIII.
He died in Birmingham in 1890, aged 89.