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European shrine directors meet in Walsingham

Shrine directors from Germany, Slovenia, Romania, England, Poland, France, Ireland, Portugal and other countries attended the conference in Norfolk

By on Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Archbishop McDonald pictured with the shrine directors                           (Graham Howard 2011/catholicchurch.org.uk)

Archbishop McDonald pictured with the shrine directors (Graham Howard 2011/catholicchurch.org.uk)

Those responsible for some of the Catholic Church’s most famous and well-visited shrines in Europe gathered in England for a historic meeting at the end of last month.

Shrine directors from Germany, Slovenia, Romania, England, Poland, France, Ireland, Portugal and other countries, attended the conference in Norfolk and discussed why it is that shrines seem more popular than ever in the present age.

The theme of the gathering was “Evangelisation and gestures of popular piety” and it was hosted at one of England’s oldest shrines to Mary the Mother of God in Walsingham.

This year the shrine is celebrating its 950th anniversary and has had one of its busiest pilgrimage seasons ever, having received approximately 100,000 pilgrims. The number of pilgrims to Walsingham has risen for the past three years running.

An important part of life at Walsingham is the complementarity of the Anglican and Catholic shrines in the village. To that end, Bishop Lindsay Urwin, administrator of the Anglican shrine, joined the conference and the delegates to part in Evensong at the Anglican cathedral in Norwich.

The chairman of the gathering was Bishop Jacques Perrier of Tarbes and Lourdes, which receives millions of pilgrims each year. Archbishop Kevin McDonald also attended part of the conference, representing
the Bishops of England and Wales.

  • Anonymous

    More ecumenism!  Just how far has the rot spread through Mother Church?

    So the Shrine Directors took part in Evensong at the Anglican Cathedral in Norwich?  What bad example!

    Anyone would think that all religions are equally true.  But how can this be when they tell different versions of the truth?  There is only one truth, and it lies with the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.

    May God speed the day when all these deceivers are unmasked and the Church returns to Tradition.

  • AgingPapist

    The only “rot” in the Church comes from this pope giving recognition to anti-Semitical bishops from the SSPX.  Proof these heretics and neo-fascists have led Benedict into error once again and should be ejected to where they can weep and gnash their teeth.  More evidence Benedict’s vision of the Church Triumphal is crumbling into the dust as his claims to infallibility bring down the house in peals of laughter.

    As for Evensong at Norwich cathedral, why not?   Anglicans aren’t as heretical as the SSPX and they have a far superior liturgy, office and eucharist, than most Catholics will ever find in their own churches.

  • Anonymous

    they have a far superior liturgy, office and eucharist, than most Catholics will ever find in their own churches.

    To a practising Catholic, the eucharist is the body and blood, soul and divinity of Our Lord Himself. To an Anglican, it is no more than a piece of blessed bread.  If you consider that to be superior then you merit no further time in a reply.

  • Anonymous

    I wonder what Lady Richeldis would have made of all this?