ANGLICANS and Roman Catholics will celebrate later this year with news that Cardinal John Henry Newman is to become a saint in October.

Cardinal Newman built St Mary and St Nicholas Church, in Sandford Road, Littlemore, while still an Anglican in 1835.

He converted to Catholicism in 1845.

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The Fathers of the Birmingham Oratory have announced that Pope Francis will canonise Blessed John Henry Newman in St Peter’s Square, Rome, on Sunday, October 13.

Oxford Mail:

This will make Cardinal Newman the first English person who has lived since the 17th century officially recognised as a saint by the Roman Catholic Church.

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John Henry Newman (1801-1890) was ordained as a Church of England priest and soon became the leader of the Oxford Movement. When he died at the age of 89, more than 15,000 people lined the streets of Birmingham for his funeral.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, said: “This is a moment of great pride.”