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There it is:

July 3, 2009

Pope Benedict XVI clears way for Cardinal Newman to become a saint

Pope Benedict XVI today cleared the way for Cardinal John Henry Newman to become a saint.

The Pope issued the decree that allows the beatification of England’s most significant convert to Roman Catholicism.

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The Holy See will now prepare for a high-profile ceremony to mark the beatification, after which the cleric, who died in 1890, can be known as Blessed John Henry Newman.

The ceremony is most likely to take place in Rome later this year but there is a small possibility it could be celebrated in Westminster, London, under the new leadership of Archbishop Vincent Nichols who has taken a close interest in the cause.

I’d say, contra this London Times piece, that it’s highly likely that the beatification will take place in England.  Though JP2 tended to do all the beatifications himself, and generally in Rome, B16’s standard practice has been to have beatification in the new blessed’s homeland, and to delegate presidership to the local prelate or the head of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

Full story here.  And here.

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