Pope Francis signed off on the second miracle attributed to John Henry Newman’s intercession, clearing the way for his canonization into the sainthood.
Last Tuesday on February 12th, Pope Francis met with Cardinal Angelo Becciu, prefect for the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. The Holy Father authorized the promulgation of a decree attributing a second miracle to the intercession of Blessed John Henry Newman, the last step in his cause for canonization.
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 official date of Newman’s canonization will be announced after Pope Francis holds a meeting with cardinals to formalize the final support for his cause, expected to take place sometime later this year. Oratorian Father Ignatius Harrison, postulator for his cause, is “hoping that it will be sooner rather than later.”
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.