Since the announcement on 13th February 2019 that a second miracle had been attributed to the intercession of Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman, there has been excitement building around the upcoming Canonisation. Newman will be the first person from the British Isles to be declared a saint since the 17th century. An Anglican convert to Catholicism, it seems fitting that the announcement of the British delegation to Rome will be led by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales.
Prince Charles will attend the Canonisation Mass in Rome and then head to a reception at the College Urbano, part of the Pontifical Urban University, the place where John Henry Newman studied to become a Catholic priest. On hearing of the news Cardinal Vincent Nichols said:
“We are delighted that HRH the Prince of Wales will lead the UK delegation for the canonisation of Cardinal Newman on 13 October …As one who has been a lifelong champion of the spiritual in everyday life, to promote understanding between faiths, and who has sought to alleviate poverty and disadvantage through his charitable work, the Prince of Wales is particularly qualified to mark the canonisation which will be such a significant and joyful moment for this country”.
John Henry Newman was a former Anglican minister who converted to Catholicism in 1845. He is regarded as one of the most influential figures from these times.