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Papal Nuncio’s three-day visit to Diocese of East Anglia

The Papal Nuncio to Great Britain, His Excellency Archbishop Miguel Maury Buendía, has paid a three-day visit to the Diocese of East Anglia this week and has been in Newmarket, Poringland, Norwich, Quidenham, King’s Lynn and Walsingham, meeting priests, pupils and parishioners.

The visit began with a Mass for diocesan priests and deacons on Wednesday June 12 at Our Lady Immaculate and St Etheldreda in Newmarket.

Bishop Peter Collins welcomed the Nuncio, saying: “Your Excellency, it is my privilege and joy to welcome you to the Diocese of East Anglia. You come to us on visitation and we rejoice for your presence in our midst represents and manifests our bond with His Holiness Pope Francis as successor of St Peter.

“The Holy Father calls upon us all to mould all our undertakings in fidelity to the Gospel. Without such a linkage, all of efforts would be in vain.

“Within the spirit and processes of synodality, here in East Anglia we are facing the spiritual and pastoral challenges of the future. As we strive to evolve our vision and structures, we continue to draw strength from the prophetic and apostolic foundations of the church.”

In a Q&A session with clergy, Archbishop Miguel Maury remarked that “someone important in the Vatican has said to him ‘the English Catholic church is small but is very thinking’. He spoke about his experience as a Vatican ambassador in Rwanda, Uganda, Morocco, Egypt, Ireland, Kyrgyzstan and Romania before coming to England a year ago. England is now a land of mission he said.

He also brought a message from Pope Francis: “I want to give a real thank-you for your fidelity. One good example of a priest is worth many words – smile and be joyful.”

The Nuncio and Bishop’s party later paid a private visit to The National Stud in Newmarket where the Nuncio blessed the Duke of Roxburghe Stallion Unit and met the Ascot Gold Cup winning racehorse, now stallion, Stradivarius.

A formal reception was held at the Bishop’s White House during the evening.

On Thursday, June 13, The Nuncio celebrated a 10am public Mass at St John the Baptist Cathedral in Norwich attended by parishioners, Cathedral Canons and pupils from Notre Dame High School and Notre Dame Prep School and the St Francis and St Augustine’s primary schools in Norwich.

Pupils did the readings and prayers and afterwards met the Nuncio and had their picture taken with him.

During his homily, Bishop Peter, spoke direct to pupils about the Nuncio and his position and role as a diplomatic representative of the Vatican across the world. He also gave them some homework about St Anthony of Padua.

Lunch with the St John’s Cathedral Canons was followed by a private visit to the Carmel Convent in Quidenham in Norfolk and then a visit to the Anglican Shrine in Walsingham, having already visited the Catholic National Shrine earlier in the year.

The Nuncio was accompanied to the Anglican Shrine by Bishop Peter, Fr Robert Billing, Rector of the Catholic National Shrine and other visiting clergy.

Fr Graeme Rowlands, the current Administrator of the Anglican Shrine, led the visiting clergy, including Fr Ben Eadon, who is set to assume the role of Administrator of the Anglican Shrine in November, in the recitation of the Rosary.

Following this, Fr Graeme gave the Nuncio and Bishop Peter a tour of the shrine, showing them the beautiful high altar, a few of the 15 various chapels around the church, the well, and in conclusion a visit to the replica of the Holy House, whilst speaking to them about the shrine’s history and the significance of the various chapels.

The visit concluded with a meal at the Administrator’s house.

On Friday the Nuncio visited the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham in King’s Lynn and paid a private visit to Oxburgh Hall where he met Sir Henry and Lady Mary Paston-Bedingfeld.

Pictured above is the Papal Nuncio with Bishop Peter, Bishop Alan and pupils from Norwich Catholic schools at St John’s Cathedral.

Click here for a full picture gallery of the apostolic visit.

Papal Nuncio Visit to Diocese of East Anglia June2024