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Newman and Littlemore – his love for the poor
Different topics - 8 Juli 2016

The Church of St Mary and St Nicholas and adjacent school, Littlemore

The Church of St Mary and St Nicholas and adjacent school, Littlemore

Sr. Mary-Birgit Dechant, F.S.O.

 

Our faith in Christ, who became poor, and was always close to the poor and the outcast, is the basis of our concern for the integral development of society’s most neglected members” (Pope Francis, Evangelii gaudium, N. 186).

These words of Pope Francis in his Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii gaudium can rightly and easily be applied to the work and life of Blessed John Henry Newman and especially to his work among the poor of Littlemore. Using Newman’s Letters and Diaries this article will present Newman’s association with Littlemore: how he exercised his pastoral duties in this poor hamlet outside Oxford, and how the people of this place remained dear to his heart.

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