Newman Canonisation

Cardinal John Henry Newman will become England's first Saint who lived in the past three hundred years when he is canonised by Pope Francis in Rome on Sunday 13 October 2019.

Newman’s Journey to sainthood took a leap forward in September 2010 when he was beatified – made a ‘Blessed’ – by Pope Benedict XVI on his historic state visit to the UK.

The beatification took place in Cofton Park in Birmingham – the city he made his home and in which he founded the Oratory in February 1848. He was ordained a Catholic priest in Rome the year before and joined the Congregation of the Oratory – the religious order founded in the 16th century by St Philip Neri.

On 1 July 2019, Pope Francis announced that John Henry Newman will be declared a saint on 13 October 2019.


There are two key websites to visit to find out more.
The website dedicated to the Canonisation with key information about tickets and plenty of content to help you engage with this momentous occasion. Features podcasts, videos, blogs, and more.
The official website for Pope Benedict XVI’s historic visit to the UK in 2010. Features a full archive of events – including Newman’s Beatification in Birmingham – and information on John Henry Newman.

Pope Francis' Canonisation Homily

Read Pope Francis' full homily from the Cardinal Newman Canonisation.

Pontifical Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving for Saint John Henry Newman

Read Bishop Byrne's full homily from the pontifical Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving for Saint John Henry Newman.

Canonisation Events

As well as the Canonisation itself, there are a number of free-to-attend events in Rome - celebration concerts, a prayer vigil and an academic symposium.

Vespers in London to Celebrate Newman's Canonisation

Join us for Solemn Vespers, Saturday 19 October, to celebrate the canonisation of Cardinal John Henry Newman.

Newman - A Celebration

Behind the Vatican Walls in a patrician villa that is home to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, a number of leading academics, senior clerics and experts on the life and teaching of John Henry Newman gathered to celebrate the English saint and his contribution to Christian life.