Canonisation of Cardinal John Henry Newman

Oct 8, 2019

On Sunday 13 October Blessed John Henry Newman will be declared a Saint by Pope Francis.  Blessed John Henry Newman was  the founder of the first Catholic university in Ireland.  He served as the university’s first rector (1854-1858).  In his 1993 Encyclical Letter, Veritatis Splendor (The Splendour of Truth), Pope Saint John Paul II, explaining the relationship between conscience, individual freedom and the duty to adhere to objective truth, quoted Cardinal Newman and described him as ‘an outstanding defender of the rights of conscience’.


On 19 September 2010, during his Papal visit to Britain, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI beatified Cardinal Newman in Birmingham, saying during the Mass of Beatification that he was ‘a man of gentle scholarship, deep wisdom and profound love for the Lord.’


On 11 October, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin will deliver an address on Blessed John Henry Newman at the Pontifical Irish College in Rome.  This event is being jointly organised by college staff and the Ambassador of Ireland to the Holy See, His Excellency Derek Hannon.

See some of the quotes from the writings of John Henry Newman on Diocesan Website at

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