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■ ™ ft™ '"' " There is going to be a new English Cardinal, who is a member of the nobility, an ex-officer of the Queen's Life Guards, and cousin, to the Duke of Norfolk. Mgr. Edward Henry Howard was bom on , the 13th of February, 1829. He is grandson of Lord Edward Charles Howard, brother to Bernard Howard, 12th Duke of Norfolk, and son of Edward Giles Howard, Esq., by Frances Anne, eldest daughter of George Eobert Heneage, Esq., of Hainton Hall, Lincolnshire. He became in early life aa officer of the 2nd Life Guards, and headed the procession at the funeral of the Duke of Wellington. Leaving the army for the service 'of the Church in 1853, he entered the Jccademia del Nobili JEcclesiastici in Borne, and was ordained subdeacon by his Eminence Cardinal Wiseman on the Bth December, 1854, the day on which the Definition of the Immaculate Conception was proclaimed. He was ordained deacon in the following year, and priest on Trinity Sunday in the same year, 1855, by Cardinal Patrizi, the Cardinal Vicar of Borne, at Sb. John Lateran. He was soon distinguished for his services and prudence, and for his remarkable aptitude for acquiring languages, and the Holy See selected him as a fit person to send to India to take part in the settlement of the Goa schism. On his return from this employment, he was appointed a Domestic Prelate by Pius IX. In August, 1870, Mgr. Howard was chosen by Cardinal Mattei, then Dean of the Sacred College, to b« his Vicar or Deputy in the office of Archpriest of the Basilica of St. Peter. Cardinal Mattei died in the following October, but his successor, Cardinal Clarelli, confirmed or continued Mgr. Howard in the place of Vicar of the Vatican Basilica, which he has retained under Cardinal Borromeo, the successor of Cardinal Clarelli, and the present Archpriest of St. Peter's. Cardinal Clarelli was also Bishop of Frascati, and a few months before his death solicited from the Holy See a coadjutor or auxiliary bishop for Frascati, naming Mgr. Howard for the office. Thi3 request was granted, and Mgr. Howard was appointed on the 22nd of June, 1871, and consecrated in St. Peter's on the 30th of June as Archbishop of Neo-Caesarea in partibushj Cardinal Sacconi, assisted by the late Archbishops Vitellescbi (afterwards Cardinal) and De Merode. On the 7th of the following July Cardinal Clarelli died, and Cardinal Guidi succeeding to the See of Frascati, the duties of Archbishop Howard in that diocese came to an end. His name, however, stUl appears in the Gerarchia Cattolica as Suffragan of Frascati. Archbishop Howard is well and favorably known in Borne as an exemplary ecclesiastic of distinguished presence and studious life. He speaks fluently French, Italian, Bussian, and Arabic, with the kindred languages. He frequently takes part in the great ecclesiastical functions, and he has long served as confessor to some of the ecclesiastical colleges in Rome. There will now be three Cardinals subjects of her Majesty, namely, Cardinals Cnllen, Manning, and Howard; and four English-speaking Cardinals when Cardinal McCloskey is taken into account. The family of Howard, which has given so many ecclesiastics to the Church, has furnished but two Cardinals — Philip Howard, son of Henry Frederick, Earl of Arundel, Lord Almoner to Queen Catherine of Braganza, Consort of Charles 11 , and Cardinal from 1675 to 1694, and Edward Henry, now about to be created.

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THE NEW ENGLISH CARDINAL., New Zealand Tablet, Volume V, Issue 210, 4 May 1877

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THE NEW ENGLISH CARDINAL. New Zealand Tablet, Volume V, Issue 210, 4 May 1877