St John Newman: voice for change that should echo through the Church
Oct. 12, 2019
Today in St Peter’s Square in Rome, John Henry Newman (1801-1890), philosopher, theologian, historian, novelist, poet and homilist extraordinaire, will be canonised along with four women by one of his great admirers, Pope Francis.
It will be an occasion of great rejoicing not only in Rome but also in Oxford - where Newman spent most of the first half of his life as a student, academic and Anglican minister - in Birmingham, where he spent the second half of his life as a Catholic priest, and here at the University of Melbourne’s Newman College, which invokes Newman as its patron and inspiration.
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