Founder of UCD could be canonised next year

A painting of John Henry Newman from 1889. Photo by Emmeline Deane via Wikimedia Commons

The founder of University College Dublin looks set to become a saint.

Cardinal John Henry Newman was the rector of the Catholic University of Ireland which later became UCD.

According to the Catholic News Agency, a second miracle attributed to him has been approved by the Vatican.

The news site reports that the second miracle concerned the healing of an American pregnant woman who prayed for the intercession of Cardinal Newman when she was given a life-threatening diagnosis, and her doctors could not explain her recovery.

The miracle was investigated by the Archdiocese of Chicago, and was apparently confirmed.

The move has led to expectations that Cardinal Newman, who died in 1890, could be canonised as early as next year.

Sr Kathleen Dietz, a Newman scholar, told the Catholic News Agency that Cardinal Newman was a man of integrity.

"He was very much a scholarly person. He was extremely practical, and translated a lot of his scholarship into life," she told the agency.

Digital Desk

More on this topic

It’s funny how the markers of a childhood steeped in religion still emerge occasionally

Secrecy law on abuse provokes suspicions

Taoiseach: Ethos of public funded hospital should reflect society as a whole not just one religion

Australian Cardinal George Pell to spend his first night in prison

More in this Section

17th century Cork couples needed ‘insurance policies’ of up to €200k to get married

Teenage boy tried to murder woman he met on social media

Breast cancer assessments offered in fewer hospitals ‘to consolidate services’

'I almost ended up on her lap': Supervet describes awkward encounter with Queen


Lifestyle

Open your mind to making an entrance

Sleeping next to a loud snorer? Here’s how to finally get some peace at night

Seven blissful places to go on a mother-daughter date this weekend

Appliance of Science: Why do we age?

More From The Irish Examiner