Blessed Dominic Barberi

August 26, 2009

paulwebToday is the 160th anniversary of the death of Blessed Dominic Barberi an Italian Passionist priest. Now I will forgive you if you are thinking “…. yes, and?… oh no is the author having another uber Catholic moment?” But you know that this Italian priest who always struggled with English (like me!) did something very great in the life of this country. Blessed Dominic was responsible for receiving John Henry Newman into the Catholic Church. I think it is truly wonderful news that John Henry Newman will be beatified – the first step towards canonisation – in 2010 in Birmingham. If you are passing through Reading Station today perhaps you could give Blessed Dominic a thought as that is where he returned to the Father.

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