Byline: NICK PISA;SIMON CALDWELL
A MIRACLE has set Cardinal John Henry Newman on the road to becoming Britain's first new saint for 35 years.
Newman, who died in 1890, is said to have been behind the complete recovery of a disabled man in Boston, Massachusetts.
The cardinal, famous for converting to Catholicism from the Church of England at the age of 44, needs one miracle to reach Blessed status and another to be canonised.
Details of the first miracle were announced at the Venerable English College in Rome at a book launch to promote his cause yesterday.
Birmingham- based Father Paul Chavasse, who is leading the investigation, said: 'This is very exciting news and is the breakthrough development that we have been praying for.
'I cannot name the man but he is a 60-year-old permanent deacon based in Boston who was suffering from a spinal condition that prevented him from walking.
'Thanks be to God, two years ago we received details that he had been completely cured after praying to Cardinal John Henry Newman.
'This man has now returned to full health and mobility. I have spoken with him and the doctors who treated him and they have no explanation for his cure.
'In fact, one even said to me: If you want an explanation ask God.' Father Chavasse added that a tribunal is now at work in Boston gathering evidence and this would be presented to the Vatican next year for consideration.
He added: 'Once the tribunal finishes in February the paperwork will go the Congregation for the Causes of Saints which examines claims and then it goes on to Pope Benedict for final approval.' The leader of Britain's Roman Catholics, Cardinal Cormac …