Pope Benedict XVI: keeping informed...
Our Holy Father's last public Mass will be tomorrow
Ash Wednesday, in St Peter's at 5pm (Rome)/6pm (UK),
It will be broadcast by EWTN (available online).
GOD BLESS POPE BENEDICT XVI
Thank you Papa!
Mgr Keith Newton, Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, statement:
The news of our Holy Father’s decision to relinquish the office of the papacy is one which has surprised and saddened us all today.
Pope Benedict’s pontificate has been an astonishing moment in the life of the Church. He has exercised his pontificate with gentle wisdom and deep humility and will be especially remembered for his clear and profound teaching. Those of us in the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham have particular reason to thank God for his pontificate, as he opened the way for Anglicans to enter into the full communion of the Catholic Church through his Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus. He will forever hold a place in the hearts of those of us to whom he has been, in a particular way, a shepherd and Father.
We pray now for him and for the whole Church. We entrust the College of Cardinals to the intercession of the Mother of God, Our Lady of Walsingham, as they exercise their sacred duty to elect his successor.
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