St Augustine’s Ramsgate – Nuncio to Visit England’s Newest Catholic Shrine
Archbishop Antonio Mennini, Papal Nuncio to Great Britain, will visit St Augustine’s, Ramsgate, to celebrate its first anniversary as the country’s newest Catholic Shrine. The visit will take place on Friday, 1st March and to mark the occasion a special Mass will be held in the church at 7.00pm and all parishioners and supporters of Friends of St Augustine’s are welcome to attend.
Archbishop Mennini’s visit, which has been planned for some weeks, coincides fittingly with the end of Pugin’s bicentenary year (1812-2013). Although not known at the time of the arrangements, the visit will take place the day after Pope Benedict XVI steps down as leader of the Roman Catholic Church.
Commenting on the visit, Fr. Marcus Holden, Chairman of Friends of St Augustine’s said “This is a great honour that the Pope’s Representative to the UK should agree to come to St Augustine’s in Ramsgate. It demonstrates the importance given by the Catholic Church to St Augustine’s in Ramsgate and England’s newest Catholic Shrine as a very special place of worship”
Commenting on the Pope’s resignation, Fr. Marcus went on to say “We were all shocked by the news of Pope Benedict’s resignation and it has taken some time to sink in. I agree with many in the church that it is a very courageous decision which bears the characteristics of Pope Benedict XVI, courage, humility and great integrity. He will be particularly remembered by parishioners for his visit to the UK in 2010, when many made the journey to London and elsewhere to see the Holy Father. We now look forward to a new Pope being elected in time for Easter”
Those attending the special Mass on the 1st March at 7.00 pm are requested to arrive early as there is likely to be a big attendance
For further information or comment please contact Fr. Marcus Holden on 07738 153081