On 11 October, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin will deliver an address at the Pontifical Irish College in Rome on Blessed John Henry Newman (1801 – 1890), ahead of Blessed Newman’s canonisation by Pope Francis on Sunday, 13 October. This event is being jointly organised by the rector of the Pontifical Irish College Monsignor Ciaran O’Carroll, college staff and the Ambassador of Ireland to the Holy See, His Excellency Derek Hannon.
Bishop Brendan Leahy will lead thirty pilgrims from Limerick to the Mass of Canonisation and Bishop Francis Duffy of Ardagh & Clonmacnois, Bishop Fintan Monahan of Killaloe and Bishop Emeritus Philip Boyce OCD of Raphoe, will also attend the Mass.
Blessed John Henry Newman is best known in Ireland as the founder of the first Catholic university in Ireland. He served as the university’s first rector in 1858.
In his 1993 Encyclical Letter, Veritatis Splendor (The Splendour of Truth), Pope Saint John Paul II, explaining the relationship between conscience, individual freedom and the duty to adhere to objective truth, quoted Cardinal Newman and describes him as “an outstanding defender of the rights of conscience.”
On 19 September 2010, during his papal visit to Britain, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI beatified Cardinal Newman in Birmingham, saying during the Mass of Beatification that he was “a man of gentle scholarship, deep wisdom and profound love for the Lord.”