Blessed John Henry Newman was born in London in 1801. He studied at Oxford’s Trinity College and was ordained an Anglican priest. His studies of the Church Fathers drew him ever closer to the Catholic Church and, in 1845, he finalised his conversion by being received into full communion with the Catholic Church. He was ordained a Catholic priest two years later and in this capacity wrote more than 40 books, founded Oratory houses in Birmingham and London and, for seven years, served as rector of the Catholic University of Ireland. In 1879, Pope Leo XIII made him a cardinal, despite the fact that he was not a bishop, in recognition of his untiring and productive labour for the faith. Blessed Newman died of pneumonia in 1890 at the Birmingham Oratory. In 2010, he was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI who praised his pastoral zeal for the sick, the poor, the bereaved, and those in prison.
Blessed John Newman’s motto upon being made cardinal was: “Cor ad cor loquitur”–“Heart speaks to heart”.