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The supporters of Newman produce tribute calendar.

Byline: Josef Lopuszynski

SUPPORTERS of a bid to make Birmingham's most celebrated Roman Catholic a saint have produced a calendar in his honour.

The official 2015 Calendar of the Friends of the Cause for the Canonisation of John Henry Cardinal Newman has been launched at The Oratory, Birmingham, by Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham Robert Byrne and Friends chairman Father Douglas Lamb.

At the launch, Father Douglas Lamb said: "This is the third of the calendars we've produced. The first one was of various portraits and photographs of Newman during the course of his life.

"Last year's was of places associated with him, and this year it's friends and family - people from his own family circle, but also people from his Oxford days and his brother Oratorians when he came here."

"It's a remarkable record really of 19th century manners, photographs, attitudes really, and it's a very, very good kaleidoscope of a 19th century seen through Newman's eyes."

Newman was beatified in 2010 at an open air mass led by Pope Benedict XV dict X 1 at an open air mass in Cofton Park.

This is the first stage to him become declared a saint and it required a miracle being attributed to Newman's intercession. This came when Jack Sullivan, a deacon from Marshfield, Massachusetts in the United States, attributed his recovery from a spinal cord disorder to Cardinal Newman.

A second miracle will be necessary for his canonization. Newman converted to Roman Catholicism from Anglicanism in October 1845. In early life, he was a major figure in the Oxford Movement to bring the Church of England back to its Catholic roots. Eventually his studies in history persuaded him to become a Roman Catholic.

In 2008, the Vatican decided to V move Newman's remains from The Lickey Hills, near Rednal, WorcesW - tershire where he was buried, to the Oratory in Birmingham city centre in anticipation of his being declared a saint.

However, the exhumation revealed that Newman's remains had completely decomposed. ? The A4 size calendar costs PS10.00 in the UK including postage & pack-pack ing from: Miss B. C. Parkinson, Secretary, Friends of Cardinal Newman, 141, Hagley Rd, Birmingham, B16 8UE. Call: 0121 454 0808, email: friends@birminghamoratory.org.uk.

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