The Prince of Wales is to attend the canonisation of 19th century religious scholar Cardinal John Henry Newman at the Vatican next month.
Cardinal Newman, who died in 1890, will be the first English saint since the Forty Martyrs were canonised in 1970.
Following the service, on Sunday October 13, Charles will attend a reception at the Pontifical Urban College, where Cardinal Newman studied while preparing to become a Catholic priest.
Cardinal Newman, an author and scholar who devoted his life to helping the poor and sick, will be the first English person who has lived since the 17th century officially recognised as a saint by the Roman Catholic Church. pic.twitter.com/gbPkQbge70
— Clarence House (@ClarenceHouse) September 13, 2019
The Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols said Newman’s “personal courage, intellectual clarity and cultural sensitivity” make him “a deeply admired follower of Christ.”
He added: “As one who has been a lifelong champion of the spiritual in everyday life, to promote understanding between faiths, and who has sought to alleviate poverty and disadvantage through his charitable work, The Prince of Wales is particularly qualified to mark the canonisation, which will be such a significant and joyful moment for this country.”
Charles last visited the Vatican with the Duchess of Cornwall in April 2017.