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Newman to be canonised on October 13

Cardinal John Henry Newman

Pope Francis has formally approved the canonisation, along with four others

Blessed John Henry Newman will be canonised on Sunday, October 13, the Vatican has announced.

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, after founding the Birmingham Oratory.