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Miracle attributed to Newman

BOSTON (CNS): Evidence of an alleged miraculous cure in the US Archdiocese of Boston attributed to the intercession of Cardinal John Henry Newman has been sent to the Congregation for Saints’ Causes in Rome.

The Roman postulator of the cause, Andrea Ambrosi, flew from Boston to Rome on November 14.

He handed over a package containing the sworn testimonies and the medical evidence of the healing of Deacon Jack Sullivan, 68.

Deacon Sullivan had a severe spinal disorder, but was restored to full mobility in 2001 after praying for Cardinal Newman’s intercession.

Cardinal Newman’s canonisation cause was opened in 1958 in Birmingham, England, his home diocese, and in 1987 was introduced in Rome.

In 1991 the Vatican declared that the English philosopher, theologian and spiritual writer had lived a life of “heroic virtue” which was worthy of imitation, giving him the title “Venerable”.

Cardinal Newman, who died on August 11, 1890, at the age of 89, was an Anglican priest and a leading intellectual in the Church of England before he converted to Catholicism in 1845.

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