Beatification soon for Cardinal Newman?

Birmingham, Apr. 23, 2008 ( - The Vatican is set to approve a miracle attributed to the intercession of Cardinal John Henry Newman, clearing the way for his beatification, according to a story in the Birmingham Mail.

The Congregation for the Causes of Saints has not yet made an announcement in the case, but the Birmingham Mail reports that the Vatican is satisfied of the authenticity of a miracle in which a Catholic deacon from Massachusetts was cured of a disabling spinal disorder.

Cardinal Newman, a key figure in the Oxford Movement in 19th-century Anglicanism, stunned the British intellectual world when he became a Catholic in 1845. His description of his long journey to the Catholic faith, in his book Apologia Pro Vita Sua, retains an enormous influence, as do his theological works such as Grammar of Assent.

Raised to the College of Cardinals by Pope Leo XIII in 1879, Cardinal Newman died in 1890. Reports that the beatification of Cardinal Newman could be "imminent" circulated earlier this year. The approval of a miracle would fulfill the last requirement for beatification.

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