Prince Charles to attend Cardinal Newman canonisation

By Charles Collins, 23 October 2019
HRH Prince of Wales, Prince Charles, during a tour of Northern Ireland in May 2019. Image: Northern Ireland Office/Wikimedia Commons.


Prince Charles will attend the October 13 Canonisation of Cardinal John Henry Newman at the Vatican.

According to a statement from Clarence House, the official office of the Prince of Wales, Charles will attend a reception at the Pontifical Urban College following the Mass. Newman studied at the college while preparing to become a Catholic priest.

Newman was a leading proponent of the Oxford Movement in the Anglican church, which advocated reintroducing older practices into worship. He eventually converted to Catholicism in 1845, becoming a priest soon thereafter. He was created a cardinal by Leo XIII in 1879. He died in 1890. Newman was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI in Birmingham during the pope’s 2010 visit to the United Kingdom.

Newman will be the first English saint since the Forty Martyrs were canonised in 1970, and the first British saint since Scottish St. John Ogilvie in 1976.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster and president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, said he was “delighted” about the announcement.

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With thanks to Crux and Charles Collins, where this article originally appeared.


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