John Henry Newman: Beatification

On 19th September 2010 Pope Benedict XVI will beatify John Henry Newman during his UK visit. Beatification is the third of four steps in the Canonization process: the first is to be declared ‘a servant of God’; the second to be affirmed ‘Venerable’; and finally the last step is ‘Canonization’. Since Newman’s death in 1890 there have been repeated calls for Newman to be Canonised.  In January 1991 Pope John Paul II declared that Newman had exercised all of the Christian virtues in an heroic degree, and was henceforth to be known as ‘Venerable’. For Newman to be declared Blessed (Beatified), a miracle ascribed to his intercession must be recognised by the Church. On 3rd July 2009 Pope Benedict XVI recognised in fulfillment of this requirement the healing of Deacon Jack Sullivan in 2001. It was announced in February 2010 that Pope Benedict would beatify Newman himself during his visit to the United Kingdom, on 19th September 2010.

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