The heir to the British throne, Prince Charles, has traveled to Rome to attend this Sunday the canonization mass of Cardinal John Henry Newman, the first English saint not to be a martyr since the Reformation, and a key figure of Christianity in that country that He converted after saying that the Pope was the antichrist.
As the Vatican has confirmed, the Prince of Wales will attend the ceremony presided by the Pope in St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican. For its part, the British Royal House has indicated that the Prince of Wales will attend a reception at the Pontifical Urban University, where Cardinal Newman studied to become a Catholic priest, after the canonization mass.
“We are delighted that His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales heads the United Kingdom delegation for the canonization of Cardinal Newman,” said the Archbishop of Westminster (England), Cardinal Vincent Nichols.
«The exploration of Cardinal Newman’s faith, the depth of personal courage, intellectual clarity and cultural sensitivity make him a deeply admired follower of Christ. His ministry, especially among the poor, is a permanent sign of the pastoral compassion of the Church and a challenge for all of us today, ”added Cardinal Nichols.
A critic of the Catholic Church
John Henry Newman was born in London in 1801. He was ordained a priest of the Anglican Church, where he served for years as pastor of St. Clement in Oxford. For years he was a critic of the Catholic Church and was convinced that Rome was the capital of heresy, but over time he became a key figure for Catholicism in England.
In 1843 he formally retracted his sayings against the Catholic Church. In September of that same year he preached his last sermon as an Anglican. Two years later, in 1845, he converted to Catholicism. He was a priest at the Fidei Propaganda College, in the Piazza di Spagna and was ordained on June 1, 1847 in Rome.
Years later he became one of the pioneers of the Catholic University of Ireland. The legacy that Newman has left as promoter of education in that country was retaken by Edmund Rice, an Irish pedagogue who was the founder of the “Christian Brothers”, the order that, some time later, would arrive in Argentina and the school would be founded in which Macri, Nicolás Caputo, José Torello, Pablo Clusellas, Alfonso Prat-Gay, among others were received.
He also founded the Oratories of San Felipe Neri and was created cardinal in 1879, taking as motto Cor ad cor loquitur »(The heart speaks to the heart). He died on August 11, 1880.
Two miraculous cures
Benedict XVI beatified him on September 19, 2010, thanks to the miraculous healing of deacon Jack Sullivan, from Braintree, Massachusetts, who recovered from a spinal condition that prevented him from walking, and who prayed to Cardinal Newman asking for his intercession .
The miracle that will allow his canonization is the healing of an American pregnant woman who prayed for the Cardinal’s intercession after receiving a very serious diagnosis. Doctors still do not explain how the woman, from the Archdiocese of Chicago, was able to recover.
First Brazilian Santa
In addition to Cardinal Newman, Pope Francis will also canonize Blessed Dulce Lopes Pontes, the first Brazilian saint who founded the San Francisco Workers Union, a Christian workers movement in Bahia (Brazil), and the Sant’Antonio hospital; to Giuseppina Vannini who founded the congregation of the Daughters of St. Camilo in 1892; to Maria Teresa Chiramel Mankidiyan, who in 1914 founded the congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family and to the Swiss Marguerite Bays born in 1815, who lived many mystical experiences and experienced the stigmata.
Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, met with Pope Francis in April 2017 during a visit to the Vatican. The Prince of Wales met previously with Pope Benedict XVI in 2009 and with St. John Paul II in 1985 with his first wife, Princess Diana.