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Fraternal greetings to Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict
Friday 24th October 2014

The Ordinary, Mgr Keith Newton, has sent fraternal greetings to both Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict to express the love, loyalty and gratitude of the clergy and people of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham in the run-up to the anniversary of the publication on 4 November 2009 of the Apostolic Constitution, Anglicanorum Cœtibus, which allowed for the setting up of the ordinariates.

The decision to send the letters was taken at the Ordinariate's recent festival at Westminster Cathedral and hall in London, unanimously approved by all those present. 

The texts of both letters is copied below.

Letter to Pope Francis

His Holiness Pope Francis
Vatican City


Holy Father,

Clergy and the lay faithful of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham recently gathered in London to celebrate our first "Festival" which brought together hundreds of lay members of the Ordinariate with their priests from the length and breadth of Great Britain for a weekend of addresses, conversations and celebrations, centred around the celebration of Mass in Westminster Cathedral.

Those present unanimously wished to send you a message of fraternal greeting to express our love, loyalty and gratitude to you, as we approach the fifth anniversary, in November this year, of the publication of Anglicanorum Coetibus. It is with deep gratitude that through the provisions of that Apostolic Constitution we are now united with you in the full communion of the Catholic Church. I ask you, Holy Father, to remember the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham in your prayers, as we remember you, and to grant us your Apostolic Blessing.

With my assurance of my prayers and gratitude for your ministry as Universal Pastor,

Yours respectfully in Jesus Christ Our Lord,

The Right Revd Monsignor Keith Newton
Ordinary

Letter to Pope Emeritus Benedict

His Holiness Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI,
Vatican City


Holy Father,

Clergy and the lay faithful of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham recently gathered in London to celebrate our first "Festival" which brought together hundreds of lay members of the Ordinariate with their priests from the length and breadth of Great Britain for a weekend of addresses, conversations and celebrations, centred around the celebration of Mass in Westminster Cathedral.

Those present unanimously wished to send you a message of fraternal greeting to express our love and gratitude to you Holy Father, as we approach the fifth anniversary, in November this year, of the publication of Anglicanorum Coetibus. We will never forget that it was your wisdom and vision that brought about that Apostolic Constitution and so we thank you for bringing us, joyfully, into the full communion of the Catholic Church. I ask you to continue to remember in your prayers the members and the mission of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, as you will always occupy a special place in the hearts and prayers of all of us.

With the assurance of my own prayers and thanksgiving for your ministry,

Yours respectfully in Jesus Christ Our Lord,

The Right Revd Monsignor Keith Newton
Ordinary


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