Cardinal John Henry Newman will be beatified in Birmingham, England on May 2, 2010, reports say.
The date and venue have been proposed by the Vatican Congregation for Saints' Causes and are expected to be accepted soon by the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, a church source has told Catholic News Service.
The source said the cardinal will be beatified in the Birmingham Oratory, which he founded following his conversion to Catholicism in 1845 at age 44.
May 2 is seen as a favourable date because it is the feast of St Athanasius, the fourth century "champion of orthodoxy" admired by Cardinal Newman, CNS says.
Pope Benedict signed the decree authorising the beatification earlier this year after Vatican medical and theological experts approved the 2001 healing of Deacon John Sullivan of Marshfield, Massachusetts in the US, who was " bent double" by a severe spinal condition, as a miracle attributed to Cardinal Newman's intercession.
The decree was made public by the Vatican July 3.
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