CANONISATION OF THE BLESSED JOHN HENRY NEWMAN
Saturday 12 October – Monday 14 October 2019
Vatican City & Rome
London, 29 August 2019. On Sunday 13 October 2019 His Holiness Pope Francis will preside over the Canonisation of the Blessed John Henry Newman in St Peter´s Square, Vatican City.
A series of free events will take place in Rome to mark this historic and blessed occasion. The Chancery invites embers of the delegation or their friends and family would be interested in attending to make contact with the Chancery. The Delegation will secure tickets to all events but transportation and accommodation would need to be organised individually. The Delegation will be lead by the Delegate for Great Britain and Ireland, Mr Anthony Bailey, OBE.
Please contact the chancery at email@example.com
The programme so far includes:
Saturday 12 October 2019
14:00 to 18:00. “Newman the Prophet: A saint of our Times” at the Angelicum University in Rome.
19:30 to 20:30. A Vigil of Prayer. Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome.
20:45 to 21:30. A Celebratory Concert at the Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome.
Sunday 13 October 2019
10:00+ Canonisation Ceremony and Mass. Piazza San Pietro, Citta del Vaticano celebrated by the Holy Father, Pope Francis.
20:00 – 21:00. Musical Oratory Service. Santa Maria in Vallicella (Chiesa Nuova).
Monday 14 October 2019
10:30 – 11:30. Pontifical Mass of Thanksgiving. Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano, Rome presided by His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols.
John Henry Newman, the theologian and educational reformer was formally approved by Pope Francis to be elevated to sainthood in July 2019. He will be the first English person who has lived since the 17th century to be officially recognised as a saint by the Roman Catholic Church.
Born in London in 1801, Newman converted to Catholicism in 1845 and moved to Dublin in 1854 to set up the new university. Newman was one of the most prominent converts to Catholicism from Anglicanism of the 19th century. In Ireland, he was best known for his role in the founding of the Catholic University of Ireland, later UCD. Cardinal Newman was proclaimed venerable by Pope John Paul II in 1991 and was beatified in 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI during his Papal Visit to Britain and granted the title of “blessed”.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster and Prior of the British and Irish Delegation of the Constantinian Order said in a statement “This is a moment of great pride. Foremost in our minds was the declaration of a saint who was a priest here. John Henry Newman is known for many great qualities, but we remember him particularly for the kindness and compassion of his ministry to the people of Birmingham. At his death, they turned out in their thousands to salute a much-loved priest on his funeral procession through the streets of Birmingham.”
The British Ambassador to the Holy See, HE Sally Axworthy, also said “I am delighted that Pope Francis announced the canonisation of Cardinal John Henry Newman this morning.Cardinal Newman had a major impact on Catholic theology and on education worldwide, making him a truly global Briton. I enjoyed learning about his life and teachings during my recent visits to the London, Birmingham and Oxford Oratories. He brought his experience from the Anglican Church to his work as a Catholic, bridging the two traditions. The canonisation will be an important moment for Britain, and for UK-Holy See relations.”