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Pope highlights Newman’s obedience to God, devotion to truth

November 23, 2010

Blessed John Henry Newman is a “master who teaches us that primacy of God is also primacy of truth and love,” Pope Benedict wrote in a message to participants in a symposium organized by the International Centre of Newman Friends.

Newman “discovered his vocation at the service of the Word of God and, turning to the Fathers of the Church to find greater light, proposed a true reform of Anglicanism, adhering finally to the Catholic Church,” the Pope noted. “In presenting and defending the truth, Newman was always careful to find the appropriate language, the right form and appropriate tone. He sought not ever to offend and to render testimony to the gentle inner light (‘kindly light’), making an effort to convince with humility, joy and patience.”


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