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Pope Francis in silhouette during a private audience today (AP)

Pope Francis is sometimes unnerving. But he is after all the Pope, the Vicar of Christ. To some Catholics who claim to defend orthodox belief that means nothing

Peter Jennings with Archbishop Vincent Nichols

Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster says ‘Peter will be sorely missed’

The Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary

This is a great day, not simply for the Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary and for the Ordinariate, but for the whole English Church

Archbishop Longley preaching at the Blessed Dominic shrine Church of St Anne    and Blessed Dominic, in Lancashire

Archbishop Bernard Longley has a strong devotion to the Italian priest who received Blessed John Henry Newman into the Church

Hans Scholl, Sophie Scholl and Christoph Probst, June 1942 (Photo © George (Jürgen) Wittenstein / akg-images)

Both Sophie and her fellow German Joseph Ratzinger were inspired by Newman’s writings on conscience

The sisters will follow the Rule of St Benedict (Photo: Fr James Bradley)

The sisters will be received into the Ordinariate; their avoidable expulsion from their convent has been a heavy price to pay

Benedict XVI presides at the beatification of John Henry Newman at Cofton Park in Birmingham (Photo: CNS)

Catholics, said Newman, are bound by the Pope’s formal teaching. If you don’t accept that, why do you stay?

Pope Benedict addresses the United Nations in 2008 (AP)

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Blessed John Henry Newman (Photo: CNS)

Catholic liberals keep trying to claim Newman as one of themselves, by quoting him out of context: but he was a dedicated scourge of liberalism