LONDON – Msgr Keith Newton, head of the first Catholic diocese for former Anglicans in England and Wales, says the pope is showing “great interest” in it and is keeping it in his prayer.

Msgr Newton affirmed this in the official newsletter of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, in which he spoke of his April 1 private audience with the Holy Father, reports ZENIT news agency.

The pontiff was “keen to hear about the clergy and faithful joining [the ordinariate] this year, and of our hopes and plans for the future”, Msgr Newton said.

The former Anglican bishop of Richborough said he was “able to express our sincere appreciation for the generous provisions made in ‘Anglicanorum Coetibus’ and for the warmth of welcome we have received from the Church”.

The apostolic constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus allowed the reception of groups of disaffected Anglicans into the Catholic Church.

According to ZENIT, dates for many of the ordinations of deacons and priests of the ordinariate have been set, and will run through May and June. There are seven ceremonies scheduled to ordain deacons in May, and the ordinations of priests in Westminster will take place on June 10.

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