(source : Picture by Colin Mason,
Family Publications, Oxford)
Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, Archbishop of Westminster, Archbishop
and Peter Jennings, pictured at the launch of "Benedict XV1 And
Cardinal Newman", edited by Peter.
Taken under the portrait of Cardinal Newman
in the Cardinals' Corridor
at the Venerable English College in Rome, on 17 October.
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WILL IT BE BENEDICT XVI, the first Pope of
the twenty-first century, who will canonize John Henry Newman
the best-known English churchman of the nineteenth century and
declare him a Doctor of the Church?
Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, was first introduced to the
work of Cardinal Newman as a young seminarian, and has taken a keen
interest in him ever since. The introductory addresses given by Cardinal
Ratzinger at the Academic Symposium, John Henry Newman, Lover
of Truth, organised by the International Centre of Newman
Friends, are included in this book, together with his important address
about Conscience and Truth, presented at the 10th Workshop for Bishops,
in Dallas, Texas.
The book also contains an in-depth chronology of Newmans life
and a number of little known and unpublished pictures, including a previously
undiscovered picture of Dr Newman, founder of the English Oratory of
St Philip Neri, from the archives of the Birmingham Oratory.
The editor, Peter Jennings, has skilfully assembled important
contributions from a number of leading churchmen including specially
written essays by Cardinal Cormac Murphy-OConnor, Archbishop
of Westminster, Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Birmingham, and
Fr Paul Chavasse, Provost of the Birmingham Oratory. The thought-provoking
sermons given during the Newman Centenary celebrations in Birmingham
during 1990 are published together here for the first time.
The book concludes with the election of Benedict XVI, his first message
and blessing, his homily to the Cardinals in the Sistine Chapel the
following day, as well as the homily at his Inaugural Mass in St Peters
This is an engaging and valuable resource, in large (A4) format, extensively
illustrated in full colour, that will appeal to both Newman scholars
and devotees alike, at a vital time in the history of the Cause for
Cardinal Newman being declared a saint of the Church.
(Available from Family Publications in Hardback, price £24.95)
Jennings is Press Secretary to the Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, Archbishop
of Birmingham, and the Archdiocese of Birmingham. He is also Press Secretary
to the Birmingham Oratory. A journalist, writer and broadcaster, he
has specialised in Religious Affairs, and in particular the Catholic
Church and the Vatican, since the mid-1970s.
INVESTIGATION INTO NEWMAN MIRACLE CURE IN ARCHDIOCESE OF BOSTON,
USA, REVEALED BY POSTULATOR
A couple of years ago, we received reports
at the Birmingham Oratory, of a cure which had taken place in Boston,
in the United States of America, of a man, a deacon. I am not at liberty
to give the name of this man, who had been suffering from severe spinal
problems, and who has now recovered, as a result of the intercession
of the Venerable John Henry Cardinal Newman.
These were the encouraging words of Fr Paul Chavasse, Provost
of the Birmingham Oratory and Postulator of the Cause for the beatification
and canonisation of Cardinal Newman (1801-1890), said during his address
at the launch of an engaging and profusely illustrated new book: POPE
BENEDICT XVI AND CARDINAL NEWMAN, edited by Peter Jennings, (published
by Family Publications, Oxford), at the Venerable English College in
Rome on the evening of Monday, 17 October.
Father Chavasse continued: What of the Cause now? Where are we?
Before answering those questions in more detail I should like to thank
one other individual, who is unfortunately unable to be present this
evening, my good friend and colleague, the Avvocato Andrea Ambrosi,
based here in Rome, a most active member of the college of Postulators,
who is now involved most intimately in advancing the Cause to a new
stage, and whose assistance at this time has become indispensable.
Postulators are not known for rushing, indeed, they cannot, given
the caution needed before anyone can be certain that a presumed miraculous
cure is just that. Time has to elapse, evidence has to be gathered and
so forth. Well, time has elapsed, evidence has been gathered, and guided
by the Avvocato Ambrosis expert knowledge and, with the approval
of the Archbishop of Boston, a tribunal opened there on 25 June this
year to investigate this cure.
Much work has been done and much remains to be done: the tribunal
will not finish its work until the beginning of February next; the last
session is scheduled for 6 to 7 February 2006.
After that, all the evidence gathered comes to Rome and the Congregation
for the Causes of Saints begins its meticulous work, examining the medical
and theological aspects of it. If these processes end positively, undoubtedly
a miracle will be announced and Cardinal Newman, the best-known English
churchman of the nineteenth century, will be declared Blessed in the
Obviously we have a long way to go and nothing is certain; but
this is the furthest we have got so far, so I commend this whole matter
to your prayers, that all will go well and that before too long has
elapsed we will be able to be gathered together again to celebrate the
happy conclusion of another stage of the great English Cardinals
journey to officially recognised Sainthood.
At the start of his address, Father Chavasse, said: I warmly welcome
the appearance of this book on Pope Benedict and Cardinal Newman. It
brings together under one cover a great selection of talks, sermons
and addresses given to commemorate a variety of anniversaries and events
concerned with Cardinal Newmans life, as well as several important
new contributions which highlight the relevance of the great Cardinals
life and teachings for the contemporary Church.
We owe a great debt of gratitude to the well-known Catholic journalist
and broadcaster Peter Jennings, the books editor, Press
Secretary to Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Birmingham, and to the Archdiocese
of Birmingham, for the skilful way in which he has selected the material,
as well as for the way in which he has brought together from many sources
the various illustrations, which form such a notable part of the book
and help to make it the attractive work it is.
Similarly, I should like to thank Denis Riches and his team at
Family Publications in Oxford for working so hard, often against the
clock, so that the publication date was achieved.
As the current Provost of Newmans foundation, the Birmingham
Oratory, I am especially concerned that the book is appreciated as a
particularly helpful addition to the ever-growing list of Newman titles,
and in a special way as a help in advancing the Cardinals Cause
for Beatification and Canonisation.
One of the works which occupies us much in Birmingham is that
of spreading knowledge of, and devotion to, the Cardinal, our
Cardinal as we always call him. This evenings gathering
provides an opportunity for me to thank those at home who work so tirelessly
to this end, especially Father Gregory Winterton, former Provost of
the Birmingham Oratory, whose indefatigable labours over so many decades
have been of such importance.
The Cause depends on so many others the Spiritual Family
The Work, here in Rome, at Littlemore and elsewhere, are marvellous
disciples and heralds of Cardinal Newman; Fathers from the Oratories
of Pittsburgh and Toronto have done much to spread devotion in North
Cardinal Cormac Murphy-OConnor, Archbishop of Westminster
and President of the Bishops Conference of England and Wales, who contributed
a chapter, The Importance of Newman Today, and the Most
Reverend Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Birmingham, who contributed
a chapter, Newmans Pastoral Work in Birmingham, also
spoke at the book launch.
Peter Jennings, Editor of Benedict XVI AND CARDINAL NEWMAN
stressed: I hope that this book will increase popular devotion
to Cardinal Newman, the best-known churchman of the nineteenth century.
As a young seminarian, the present Pope discovered Newman in January
1946. Two years later, in February 1948 I was baptised by the great
Newman scholar, Fr Stephen Dessain, at the Birmingham Oratory. Just
as Pope Benedict has continued his interest and devotion to the great
English cardinal, I have over the years helped the Fathers of Newmans
Birmingham Oratory to promote worldwide interest in Newman through the
media. I hope and pray that it will be Benedict XVI who will canonise
John Henry Newman and declare him a Doctor of the Church.
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