VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Cardinal John Henry Newman, one of the vital influential and controversial Christian figures of the 19th century and a number one Anglican earlier than changing to Catholicism, might be made a saint, the Vatican stated on Monday.
FILE PHOTO: Pope Benedict XVI (2nd R) attends a beatification Mass for Cardinal John Henry Newman at Cofton Park in Birmingham, central England, September 19, 2010. REUTERS/Andrew Successful/File Picture
Canonization will happen on the Vatican on Oct. 13, it stated in an announcement, after Pope Francis decreed recognition of a therapeutic miracle attributed to Newman’s intercession.
“Cardinal Newman had a significant affect on Catholic theology and on training worldwide, making him a really international Briton,” stated Sally Axworthy, the British Ambassador to the Vatican.
“He introduced his expertise from the Anglican Church to his work as a Catholic, bridging the 2 traditions,” she added in assertion.
In 1833, eight years after he was ordained an Anglican priest, Newman helped launch the Oxford Motion that aimed to return the Church of England, which break up with Rome in 1534, to the teachings and rituals of early Christianity.
He was the motion’s chief promoter and have become more and more vital of sure Anglican teachings.
Newman retracted his earlier criticisms of Catholicism and in 1845 he transformed and commenced defending Catholic teachings.
He was ordained a Catholic priest in Rome in 1847 and in 1851 turned the rector of the brand new Catholic College of Eire in Dublin.
His autobiography, Apologia Professional Vita Sua, written in 1864 to clarify the evolution of his non secular pondering, remains to be in print and extensively learn at this time.
Newman’s poetry, hymns and theology have had a terrific affect on trendy Christian spirituality.
Newman accepted the doctrine of papal infallibility that had been declared by the 1869-1870 First Vatican Council although he had earlier argued towards it.
He was elevated to the rank of cardinal in 1879 and died in 1890 of pneumonia in Birmingham. Former Pope Benedict beatified Newman throughout his go to to Birmingham in 2010.
One miracle was attributed to Newman earlier than the beatification. A second miracle was accredited earlier this 12 months.
The Church teaches that solely God performs miracles however that saints who’re believed to be with God in heaven intercede on behalf of people that pray to them. A miracle is normally the medically inexplicable therapeutic of an individual.
The second miracle, required for Newman’s canonization, concerned a girl in the US whom the Church stated overcame a life-threatening sickness whereas pregnant after praying to him.
Reporting by Philip Pullella; Enhancing by Andrew Cawthorne