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Mgr Keith Newton is third "amazing Catholic of 2011"
Friday 23rd December 2011

Mary O'Regan, The Catholic Herald

1. Shahbaz Bhatti
2, Dylan Parry
3, Mgr Keith Newton

Pope Benedict personally appointed Mgr Keith Newton as Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. after he was ordained to theCatholic priesthood in January, having resigned as a Church of England bishop last year

On April 1 Pope Benedict received Mgr Newton in a private audience. This was taken as a sign of the Holy Father's continued support for the ordinariate. Mgr Newton, accompanied by Cardinal Levada and Bishop Hopes, presented the Holy Father with gifts on behalf of the ordinariate.

A tireless champion of the ordinariate, Mgr Newton cares for each Anglicangroup swimming the Tiber. He values catechetics highly and knows precisely how each group is benefiting from catechetical programmes like Evangelium. He spent much of 2011 traveling around the country and meeting ordinariate groups, from the Black Country to the community of St Luke's in Kennington. south London.

Last July Mgr Newton led members of the ordinariate to their spiritual home during the Pillgrimage ofReparation and Consecration to Walsingham . He was the main speaker at the Towards Advent Festivalat Westminster Cathedral where he gave a talk on "Joy and Hope in the Church" and described hisspiritual fulfilment at being in full communion with the Pope. A large crowd heard Mgr Newton's talk.After he spoke he was greeted with resounding applause.

Mgr Newton has never lost his optimism and good humour, even when he has faced limited resources. including inadequate funds and a lack of accommodation for clergy and their families.

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