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New Archbishop of Canterbury lauds Catholic social teaching, pays tribute to St. Benedict

Catholic World News - March 21, 2013

On the eve of his enthronement as Archbishop of Canterbury, Anglican Archbishop Justin Welby described Catholic social teaching as “one of the greatest treasures that the churches globally have to offer, and even many Catholics don’t know much about it,” “starting with Rerum Novarum in the late 19th century and going through to the remarkable development under John Paul II and Benedict XVI, with a lot in between, particularly around Vatican II.”

“I think in those you see a comprehensively thought through structure of approach to the way we order society in a way that reflects Christian teaching, Christian values: the love, the integrity of Jesus Christ,” he told Vatican Radio.

An Anglican Benedictine oblate, Archbishop Welby reads the Rule of St. Benedict daily. “I just find Benedict so remorselessly full of common sense and insight and challenge,” he said.

Archbishop Welby added that he has “a lot to learn from Francis as the first Jesuit Pope.”

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