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Cardinal Levada says Ordinariate part of an international “ecumenical impulse"
At a reception held last night in support of 'The Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham' His Eminence William Cardinal Levada said the creation of the Ordinariate was seen by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI as an important contribution to the global "ecumenical impulse".
The Cardinal said it was another step in achieving the "necessary unity" of Christians and an essential prerequisite for the "evangelisation of the world".
He also said the creation of the Ordinariate would benefit the liturgical heritage of the Catholic Church by bringing with it the rich and diverse liturgical traditions of the Church of England.
The Cardinal, who is Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, also predicted that a similar Ordinariate would be announced in the United States in the near future.
The Cardinal travelled especially from Rome to attend the Reception that was hosted by the Catholic Herald newspaper in the Throne Room of Archbishop's House, Westminster. Other notable guests included H.G. Archbishop Vincent Nichols, H.E. Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor, H.G. Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark, Bishop Alan Hopes and Bishop Thomas McMahon. The Apostolic Nuncio was represented by Mgr. Brian Udaigwe
Mgr. Keith Newton, the Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham thanked the Cardinal for his extraordinary care and support for the Ordinariate and he asked the Cardinal to convey a personal message to Pope Benedict of "our devotion and love for him".
Both the Cardinal and Mgr. Newton stressed the need for "material support" to help the Ordinariate flourish, especially in this early stage, and they asked those attending the reception to be as generous as possible.
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