Friday 1st April 2011
Monsignor Keith Newton, Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, was received in a private audience today by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI. During a scheduled visit to the Holy See, Mgr Newton met with the Holy Father and presented him a collection of the photographs of the Ordinariate groups which have been published on this website and the first ordinations, along with a copy of Fr Michael Rear's new book about pilgrimag to Walsingham, and an image of Our Lady of Walsingham.
Mgr Newton was accompanied by the Episcopal Delegate of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England & Wales for the implementation of the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus, Bishop Alan Hopes, and the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, William Cardinal Levada. It was the first time that the Ordinary had met with the Holy Father since his nomination as Ordinary of the first Personal Ordinariate in January this year.
During his time in Rome, Mgr Newton has been attending meetings and engagements to aid the ongoing establishment of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham.