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Canonisation of Cardinal John Henry Newman, 13 October 2019

Statement by Sally Axworthy, British Ambassador to the Holy See

At the Ordinary Public Consistory for some Causes for Canonisation on 1 July, Pope Francis announced the Canonisation of Bl. Cardinal John Henry Newman.

Learning of the news, the British Ambassador to the Holy See, Sally Axworthy, said:

“I am delighted that Pope Francis announced the canonisation of Cardinal John Henry Newman this morning.

“Cardinal Newman had a major impact on Catholic theology and on education worldwide, making him a truly global Briton. I enjoyed learning about his life and teachings during my recent visits to the London, Birmingham and Oxford Oratories. He brought his experience from the Anglican Church to his work as a Catholic, bridging the two traditions.

“The canonisation will be an important moment for Britain, and for UK-Holy See relations. I very much look forward to the celebrations.”

Press Officer: Simona Prete, British Embassy to the Holy See

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