VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI this morning signed the decree recognizing the miracle needed for the beatification of British Cardinal John Henry Newman.
A date for the beatification of the 19th-century cardinal, who founded the Oxford Movement in the Church of England before becoming a Roman Catholic, has not been announced. Nor is it known where the ceremony will take place or who will preside.
Pope Benedict XVI has not been presiding over beatification ceremonies and most of the beatifications he has authorized have been celebrated in the blessed’s home country.
What is clear, however, is that the healing accepted as the miracle needed for the beatification involves Deacon John Sullivan of Marshfield, Mass. The deacon was cured of a debilitating back injury after praying for the intercession of Cardinal Newman.