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Cardinal John Henry Newman declared a saint

The Pope has declared Cardinal John Henry Newman a saint at a special ceremony in Rome.  

The theologian and poet, who was born in London in 1801 and converted from Anglicanism to Catholicism in 1845, is credited with two miracles by the Vatican. He is said to have cured a man’s spinal disease and healed a woman’s unstoppable bleeding.

Newman is the first English person to be made a saint in almost 50 years, and Liverpool Hope University is proud to house a vast resource of his life works.

The Gradwell Collection, which contains a generous corpus of Cardinal Newman’s own published works (including first editions) and books on or related to Newman, can be found in the University’s Sheppard-Worlock Library.

Liverpool Hope aims to enhance and extend the reach of Cardinal’s Newman’s life and spirituality, by ensuring this scholarly resource is complemented by the availability of a recently updated extensive collection of Newman-related publications.

This collection includes, preserved on microfilm, the diaries, letters and miscellaneous documents from the Cardinal Newman Archive held at the Oratory of St. Philip Neri, in Birmingham.

Earlier this year, Honorary Fellow of Liverpool Hope Rev’d Rod Garner published his book Bright Evening Star – A Portrait of John Henry Newman, which chronicles the life and times of the Cardinal.

The Merseyside priest described Newman as “a fascinating and complex personality with important things to say to us today concerning how we might live faithful and creative lives”.

Read Senior Lecturer in Modern History Dr Stephen Kelly's expert comment on Cardinal Newman.

Published on 15/10/2019