On Tuesday, February 12, 2019, Pope Francis cleared the way for the canonization of the much-loved educationalist Cardinal John Henry Newman.
The Pope received Cardinal Angelo Becciu, the Prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Causes of Saints, and authorized him to promulgate two decrees on miracles for sainthood, a decree on martyrdom and five on heroic virtues.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has warmly welcomed the news that Cardinal Newman will be declared a saint.
Following the announcement, as reported by the bishops’ conference, Cardinal Nichols said:
“This is wonderful news which will be greeted with thanks to God by people across the world. Newman’s exploration of faith, depth of personal courage, intellectual clarity and cultural sensitivity make him a deeply admired follower of Christ.
“He brings together so many of the best of Catholic traditions shared well beyond the Catholic Church. His canonization will be welcomed especially in the Church of England and the wider Anglican Communion.
“For me, the truly remarkable nature of this moment is that this is an English parish priest being declared a saint.
“During his life, the people of Birmingham recognized his holiness and lined the streets at the time of his burial. I hope every parish priest in England will hold his head high today knowing Cardinal Newman is declared a saint.”
Cardinal John Henry Newman was beatified – declared a ‘Blessed’ – by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on his historic state visit to the UK in September 2010.