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 Englishman to be canonised in almost 50 years.
The last canonisation in England and Wales was in 1970 when Pope Paul VI made 40 English and Welsh martyrs saints; all had been executed under Reformation laws.
Following the service, on Sunday 13th October, Charles will attend a reception at the Pontifical Urban College, where Cardinal Newman studied while preparing to become a Catholic priest.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, said Cardinal 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.”
The beloved cardinal will be canonised along with Blessed Dulce Lopes Pontes, a member of the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception; Blessed Marguerite Bays, a Swiss laywoman; Blessed Josephine Vannini, co-founder the Daughters of St Camillus; and Blessed Mariam Thresia Chiramel Mankidiyan, the Indian founder of the Sisters of the Holy Family.
Charles last visited the Vatican with the Duchess of Cornwall in April 2017.
Picture: The Prince of Wales with Pope Francis during an audience at the Vatican on 4th April 2017. (Tim Rooke/PA).