Pope Francis formally approved the canonizations of John Henry Newman and four others, set later this year for October 13th.

Yesterday, with a consistory of Cardinals at the Clementine Hall in the Apostolic Palace, Pope Francis formally approved the canonizations of Blessed John Henry Newman, along with 4 others: Giuseppina Vannini, Maria Teresa, Dulce Lopes Pontes, and Margarita Bays.

The saints-to-be will be canonized at the 2019 Special Synod of Bishops from the Pan-Amazonian region held at the Vatican later this year from October 6th to the 27th.

In February, Pope Francis met with the prefect for the Congregation for the Causes of Saints and formally recognized a second miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed John Henry Newman.

The first miracle attributed to Newman was the complete and scientifically inexplicable healing of Deacon Jack Sullivan from Boston, who suffered from a disabling spinal condition that left him “bent double.” He was beatified by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in 2010 after the recognition of the first miracle.

The second miracle attributed to Newman involves an unnamed young law graduate from the Archdiocese of Chicago who was pregnant with “unstoppable internal bleeding which threatened the life of her child in the womb.” After receiving the diagnosis, she was inspired to pray for the cardinal’s intercession after watching a film about his life on EWTN. After doing so, she was miraculously healed and delivered a perfectly healthy baby.

“She had long been a devotee of Blessed John Henry, and in prayer she directly and explicitly invoked Newman’s intercession to stop the bleeding. The miraculous healing was immediate, complete and permanent, the child was born normally.”

The London-born cardinal was an esteemed 19th century Anglican theologian and poet who founded the Oxford Movement at Oxford University in 1833 to try to return the Church of England to its Catholic roots before he converted to the Faith. His “theology of conscience” has been compared by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI to the witness of Saint Thomas More.

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