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Prince Charles visits Vatican for canonisation of first English saint in 50 years

Prince Charles visited the Vatican for the canonisation of English Cardinal John Henry Newman as we speak.

Cardinal Newman was canonised by Pope Francis, and is the first Englishman to be made a saint since 1970.

The Prince of Wales, who represented the UK on the ceremony, has praised the cardinal as a person of precept, highlighted his work championing Catholicism and paid tribute to his enlightened ideas on religion, training and conscience.

In entrance of tens of 1000’s of pilgrims in the Vatican’s St Peter’s Square, the Pontiff elevated the English theologian, priest and author to sainthood.

In his homily, Pope Francis known as on all Christians to undertake Cardinal Newman’s definition of somebody of religion, one thing he described as being “kindly lights”.

The pontiff advised the crowds: “Such is the holiness of each day life, which Saint John Henry Newman described in these phrases ‘The Christian has a deep, silent, hidden peace, which the world sees not…The Christian is cheerful, simple, type, mild, courteous, candid, unassuming, has no pretence…with so little that’s uncommon or putting in his bearing, that he could simply be taken at first sight for an unusual man’.

“Let us ask to be like that ‘kindly lights’ amid the encircling gloom.”

Cardinal Newman shocked Victorian society when, as an Anglican priest, he transformed to Catholicism in the mid 19th century, however he went on to assist change attitudes in direction of the Catholic Church, elevating its standing in British society.

He is famed for his mind, however half of the brand new saint’s enduring attraction is his “candy humility” – an outline made by a lady whose miraculous therapeutic from a life-threatening being pregnant complication has been attributed to Newman.

Melissa Villalobos recovered from a torn placenta in 2013, which threatened her unborn kid’s life and her personal, after praying to the revered priest for assist.

Speaking on the BBC Radio four programme Sunday, a non secular information and present affairs present, she mentioned about Cardinal Newman: “I do know everyone thinks of him as this colossal mental, which he actually is, however I feel simply as noteworthy is the enormity of his loving coronary heart.”

The final UK particular person to be made a saint was John Ogilvie, the 17th century Scottish martyr, canonised by Pope Paul VI in 1976.

He additionally declared the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales, executed underneath Reformation legal guidelines in the 16th and 17th centuries, saints in 1970.

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