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Celebrate the Canonisation of John Henry Newman

Canonisation of Cardinal John His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales and one of CTE's Presidents, warmly invites you to a service of Solemn Vespers to celebrate the Canonisation of Cardinal John Henry Newman.

Venue: The Metropolitan Cathedral of the Precious Blood, Westminster (42 Francis Street, London, SW1P 1QW)

Date: Saturday 19th October 2019 at 3.30pm

Details: Free admission up to the capacity of the Cathedral, ticket not required, seating from 2.45pm

Preacher: The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, one of CTE's Presidents. 

Extending this invitation on behalf of Cardinal Nichols, Rev Canon John O'Toole, National Ecumenical Officer and Secretary to the Dept of Dialogue & Unity for the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England & Wales, says: "John Henry Newman is already Blessed John Henry Newman, and will be canonised (along with others) by Pope Francis in St Peter’s, Rome, on Sunday 13th October 2019. 

"Like St Oscar Romero, John Henry Newman is truly a ‘saint for all Christians’ and we pray that his canonisation will draw Christians closer to  Christ and each other in unity, faith and love."

Newman was formerly a Church of England priest, before becoming a Catholic in 1845.  As The Tablet reports, he founded the Oratory in England and was later made a cardinal, and more than 15,000 people lined the streets in Birmingham for his funeral after he died aged 89. He is the first English person who has lived since the 17th century to be recognised as a saint by the Catholic Church.


The Dream of Gerontius

Also in Westminster Cathedral, a performance of The Dream of Gerontius will take place exactly a month after Cardinal John Henry Newman, the author of the poem set to music by Elgar, is canonised by Pope Francis.

Elgar's most famous and beloved choral work will be performed in Westminster Cathedral after Newman becomes the first English saint since the Reformation. It is also where Elgar himself conducted the first London performance.

The Parliament Choir will be joined by Coventry Cathedral Chorus, Mosaic Chamber Choir, members of St Albans Bach Choir, and Southbank Sinfonia, conducted by Simon Over, the Parliament Choir's Founder-Conductor and Southbank Sinfonia's Music Director.

Venue: The Metropolitan Cathedral of the Precious Blood, Westminster (42 Francis Street, London, SW1P 1QW)

Date: Wednesday 13th November, 7.30pm

Details: Find out more and book tickets via the Southbank Sinfonia website.
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