Category: Feature

A saint for our times

Cardinal Newman – Special Supplement Newman speaks as clearly to us today as to his peers in the 19th Century, writes Bishop 
Fintan Monahan “To live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often” – John Henry Newman John Henry Newman will be canonised as a new saint of the Catholic…

Newman and Ireland: unlikely allies in turbulent times

Cardinal Newman – Special Supplement John Henry Newman wasn’t always an obvious friend of this country, writes Fr Bernard Healy When we look at the beginning of John Henry Newman’s public life, it would be hard to imagine a less likely friend of the Irish. In 1829, he was an up-and-coming Oxford academic and Anglican…

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Why did Newman come to Dublin?

Cardinal Newman – Special Supplement Newman left Ireland three wonderful gifts, writes Prof. Teresa Iglesias From the age of 50 to 57, Newman tirelessly laboured for a “great undertaking” in Dublin, the establishment of the Catholic University of Ireland. These were the years 1851 to 1858, which as regards personal powers and dedication he describes…

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A Doctor for a post-conciliar world

Cardinal Newman – Special Supplement Newman’s canonisation will allow the Church to shine a spotlight on his teaching, Greg Daly is told God, as they say, moves in mysterious ways, and the path that led Fr Ian Ker to become the world’s leading Newman scholar seems to have apparently random divine footprints all over it.…

A model of Faith A model of Reason

Cardinal Newman – Special Supplement Newman’s legacy is alive and well at Dublin’s University Church, writes Fr Bill Dailey I can recall vividly the time that I visited Assisi: I knew from my first steps in the city that I was walking in a place where undeniably holy people – towering saints, Francis and Clare…

A discouraging beginning which suggested so little of what was yet to come

Cardinal Newman – Special Supplement St John Henry Newman’s first Catholic sermon was in a celebrated Irish church in Rome, writes Fr Míchéal MacCraith As the date for Blessed John Henry Newman’s canonisation on October 13 draws near, it is opportune to recall that he preached his first sermon as a Roman Catholic in the…

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120 years a-growing – how the seeds of Vatican II were sown

Cardinal Newman – Special Supplement St John Henry Newman was in many ways the first father of the second Vatican council, writes Greg Daly It could credibly be argued that the first seeds of the Second Vatican Council were sown on February 2, 1843, when the then-Anglican John Henry Newman preached a sermon in Oxford…

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A harmony of Faith and reason

Cardinal Newman – Special Supplement Two of Newman’s greatest works were dedicated to showing that Christianity is profoundly reasonable, writes Dr Tom Norris When Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890) is named by Pope Francis among the saints of the Catholic Church on Sunday, October 13, he will be the first Englishman born since the Reformation…

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Revisiting a blessed occasion

Cardinal Newman-Special Supplement In September 2010, Pope Benedict XVI visited England to beatify John Henry Newman, praising the saint ahead of and during the beatification Mass Discourse at prayer vigil As you know, Newman has long been an important influence in my own life and thought, as he has been for so many people beyond…

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‘He lived out that profoundly human vision of priestly ministry in his devoted care for the people’

Cardinal Newman- Special Supplement England has a long tradition of martyr saints, whose courageous witness has sustained and inspired the Catholic community here for centuries. Yet it is right and fitting that we should recognise today the holiness of a confessor, a son of this nation who, while not called to shed his blood for…

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