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Ordinary visits Birmingham Cathedral
Tuesday 7th October 2014

The Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, Mgr Keith Newton, visited St Chad's Cathedral, Birmingham over the weekend of 4/5 October as the guest of Archbishop Bernard Longley who had invited him to preach at all Masses as part of a tour the Ordinary is making of Catholic cathedrals to raise awareness of the Ordinariate.

Mgr Newton preached on the theme of vines and vineyards, using the image from St John's Gospel in which Jesus says: "I am the vine and you are the branches" as a way of helping to deepen people's understanding of the Ordinariate's mission and purpose.

Mgr Newton said: "The Church is joined to Jesus as branches are part of the vine. In Christian history some parts of that vine have broken off and the Church of Jesus Christ has been fragmented. But the teaching of the Church tells us that the authentic vine is found in concrete form in the Catholic Church, though elements are to be found in other Christian communities...In the Ordinariate one small part of the western Church has been grafted back on to that vine" .

To read the full text of the Ordinary's homily click here

This picture was taken by the Friends of the Ordinariate, a charity which supports the Ordinariate's work and arranged the visit. For more pictures and to read the Friends' full account of the weekend click here

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