Cardinal John Henry Newman among new saints

Pope Francis has agreed to canonise Blessed John Henry Newman, Blessed Maria Teresa Chiramel Mankidiyan and Fr Salvatore Vittorio Emilio Moscoso Cardenas (martyr).

He has also declared several people to have lived lives of heroic virtue.

Newman was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010. He was a 19th century theologian, poet, Catholic priest and cardinal. Originally an Anglican priest, he converted to Catholicism in 1845. He founded the Oratory of St Philip Neri in England.

After a meeting on Tuesday with Cardinal Angelo Becciu who is the head of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, the pope signed off on a second miracle attributed to Newman’s intercession.

Blessed Maria Teresa , who was the founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family, died in 1926 in Kuzhikkattussery, India.

Jesuit Fr Salvatore was killed in hatred of the faith in Ecuador in 1897.

Those declared to have lived lives of heroic virtue and to be on the path to beatification are:

  • Cardinal József Mindszenty, archbishop of Esztergom and primate of Hungary (1892-1975);
  • Fr Giovanni Battista Zuaboni, founder of the Secular Institute of the Company of the Holy Family (1880-1939);
  • Jesuit Fr Manuel Garcia Nieto (1894-1974);
  • Sr Serafina Formai, foundress of the Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of the Glad Message (1876-1954).

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