Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Cardinal Newman’s Beatification Set During Papal Visit

From The Living Church-

Queen Elizabeth II confirmed Tuesday that she has invited Pope Benedict XVI to visit the United Kingdom in September.

During the visit, set for Sept. 14-19, the pope will be received by the Queen at Buckingham Palace; meet with the Archbishop of Canterbury at Lambeth Palace; and preside at a beatification service for John Henry Cardinal Newman at Coventry.

Archbishop Rowan Williams issued a brief statement that welcomed confirmation of the papal visit.

“The pope’s visit will be an opportunity to cement ties not only between the Holy See and the United Kingdom but also the Roman Catholic Church and other Christian churches in Scotland, England and Wales,” the archbishop said.

In the United States, the Cardinal Newman Society has announced a partnership with the Coventry Oratory to promote the case for declaring Cardinal Newman a saint. The partnership will include a pilgrimage of Americans to England for the beatification service.

Last year the society published a paper, “Newman’s University in Today’s American Culture,” by the Rev. C. John McCloskey III. While watching McCloskey’s television series about Newman on the Eternal Word Television Network, Deacon Jack Sullivan of Boston prayed for healing through Newman’s intercession.

The Vatican considered the result of that prayer a miracle, which led to Newman’s beatification.

The Episcopal Church’s Holy Women, Holy Men: Celebrating the Saints — formerly known as Lesser Feasts and Fasts — designates Feb. 21 as a feast day for Newman. The 76th General Convention approved Holy Women, Holy Men in July 2009.

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