Blessed John Henry Newman

The Blessed John Henry Newman, one of the most significant figures of the 19th century and was declared a saint on 13 October 2019.  The first person  English person who has lived since the 17th century to be recognised as a saint by the Catholic Church.

The canonisation of Newman is remarkable given his journey from Anglican priest to cardinal of the Roman Church, while his hymns, poetry and theology have made a global contribution to the canon of Christian literature and spirituality. 

Our regional correspondent Rachel Matthews went to meet Archbishop Bernard Longley, who was in Rome for the canonisation to find out why it was such an important day.
If you would like to find out more about John Henry Newman you can do so by visiting
You may also like...

When did the Church get Israel? More

How tolerant was Jesus? More

How can we bless each other? More