Roman Catholicism Why is Pope Benedict such a fan? Cardinal Newman is seen by Catholics as a great spiritual thinker and reformer. He led a movement of Anglicans, known as the Oxford Movement, whose aim was to return the Church of England to its Catholic roots. His most well-known work, the Apologia, was a memoir of his spiritual journey and is considered by critics as one of the great autobiographies of its time.
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Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights Thank you for subscribingWe have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email The Prince of Wales has praised Cardinal John Henry Newman on the eve of his canonisation, saying the example set by the revered 19th century theologian, priest and writer is "needed more than ever".
Charles, who will lead the UK's representation when Pope Francis declares the cardinal a saint in Rome on Sunday, said the cardinal had left a "lasting legacy"' as an educator, and the Catholic community owed "an incalculable debt to his tireless work".
The way the theologian had stood up for his "convictions" - famously shocking Victorian society by converting to Catholicism - still resonated today in light of the persecution various groups and individuals faced because of their beliefs, the prince suggested.
Charles' comments came in an article for the website of the daily newspaper of the Vatican city state, L'Osservatore Romano.
He said: "In the age when he lived, Newman stood for the life of the spirit against the forces that would debase human dignity and human destiny.
A portrait of Cardinal John Henry Newman Image: AP "In the age in which he attains sainthood, his example is needed more than ever - for the manner in which, at his best, he could advocate without accusation, could disagree without disrespect and, perhaps most of all, could see differences as places of encounter rather than exclusion.