LONDON (CNS): Catholic officials said the cure of a deacon in the United States could be the miracle that paves the way for the beatification of a 19th century English cardinal.
The unnamed deacon from Boston is said to have made a complete recovery from a crippling spinal condition after praying to Cardinal John Henry Newman, the Anglican vicar who shocked Victorian England with his conversion to the Catholic faith.
The cardinal’s cause was opened in 1958 in Birmingham, England, where he spent much of his life, and he was declared venerable in 1991.
Claims of the miracle were announced on October 17 at Rome’s English College.
Fr Paul Chavasse, the postulator of Cardinal Newman’s cause, said that a couple of years ago officials received a report of the cure of the Boston deacon.
Fr Chavasse added that a tribunal in the Archdiocese of Boston had opened on June 25 to investigate the alleged miracle.