John Henry Newman to be canonized Oct. 13
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Pope Francis will canonize Bl. John Henry Newman on October 13 of this year. The Vatican made the announcement on Monday. Newman was an 19th century British, Anglican minister who converted to Catholicism and contributed his talents to Catholic theology and education.
Bl. Cardinal John Henry Newman.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Pope Francis will canonize Blessed John Henry Newman on October 13, during a Mass at the Vatican. The 19th century British cardinal was a convert to Catholicism from the Anglican faith. After his conversion, he went on to contribute his talents in education and theology around the world.
Newman was born in 1801, and became an Anglican priest in 1825.
During his time as an Anglican, Newman built his reputation as a theologian. He correctly deduced that the Roman Catholic Church was that which was established by Jesus Christ, and held the belief despite the damage it caused his career and reputation as an Anglican. This belief drove him to become a Catholic at the age of 44. He was ordained as a Catholic priest just two years later. Pope Leo XXIII made him a cardinal in 1879.
He died in 1890, and his cause for sainthood was opened in 1958.
The Newman Club for Catholic Students is named after him with the first established at the University of Philadelphia. The club now operates at many colleges and universities in the United States.
Newman has also been praised as the "absent father of Vatican II" because of his writings which influenced the council.
Newman will be canonized alongside several other saints:
- Blessed Dulce Lopes Pontes, a Brazilian Missionary Sister who is also known as "Sister Dulce."
- Blessed Marguerite Bays, a laywoman from Switzerland who bore the stigmata of Christ.
- Blessed Josephine Vannini, a co-founder of the Daughters of St. Camillus.
and - Blessed Mariam Thresia Chiramel Mankidiyan who founded the Sisters of the Holy Family.
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