Ordinariate Encourages Prayer About Pope's Role

Plans Holy Hour for Feast of St. Peter's Chair

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LONDON, FEB. 1, 2011 (Zenit.org).- The newly established Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham is encouraging participation in a holy hour to reflect on the role of the Bishop of Rome.

Father Keith Newton, ordinary of this new structure for former Anglicans wishing to enter full communion with the Catholic Church, made this invitation in his column published by The Portal, an independent review of the ordinariate.

He encouraged the organization of holy hours in various local parishes on Feb. 22, the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter the Apostle, to pray about the Pontiff's role and to give thanks for the vision of Benedict XVI "which has brought us to this point."

The priest suggested that those groups planning to become members of the ordinariate "join with their Catholic brothers and sisters" on this day "to ask God's blessing on what lies ahead."

He underlined the "tremendous privilege and responsibility" of setting up this first ordinariate as stipulated in "Anglicanorum Coetibus."

Father Newton acknowledged, "No doubt we will experience setbacks and difficulties over the next few weeks and months but we can be sure that many people are praying for us and that you will receive a warm welcome in the Catholic Church wherever you are."