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Ordinariate decree is made public

The decree establishes that the Ordinary, Fr Keith Newton, will be a voting member of the bishops’ conference

The three former Anglican bishops are pictured during their ordination as Catholic priests in Westminster Cathedral today (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

The Holy See issues a communique to mark the establishment of the world’s first personal ordinariate

The first three members of the world's first ordinariate: Fr Keith Newton, Fr Andrew Burnham and Fr John Broadhurst (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

The head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith announces the establishment of the world’s first personal ordinariate

Fr Keith Newton, left, is pictured during the ordination Mass at Westminster Cathedral today (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

The first Ordinary for the personal ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham in Britain speaks for the first time

Archbishop Vincent Nichols with the first clergy of the world's first Personal Ordinariate (Photo: James Bradley)

Archbishop Vincent Nichols preaches at ordination Mass: Full text of his homily

Pope Benedict at the Wednesday weekly Audience   (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Rome issues historic decree creating ordinariate of England and Wales

Archbishop Nichols speaks during today's ordination Mass at Westminster Cathedral (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

The Archbishop of Westminster preached at the ordination of three former Anglican bishops who have become the members of the world’s first ordinariate

Priests pray in front of the slogan: 'We thank you for freedom at St Anne's church in Warsaw, Poland (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

US author George Weigel says the late pope faced a full-scale war launched by Communism against the Catholic Church

Decree praises late pope’s steadfast faith

Blessed John Paul II will be canonised on April 27 (CNS)

Congregation for the Causes of Saints today published the decree announcing John Paul II’s beatification