Papal tribute to Our Lady of Walsingham
Pope Francis has blessed the ‘Dowry Painting’ of Our Lady of Walsingham, from the Catholic National Shrine dedicated to Mary.
Present at the blessing, during the Holy Father’s weekly audience on Wednesday, 12th February, were Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, Mgr John Armitage, rector of the Walsingham Shrine, and Amanda de Pulford, painter of the Dowry Painting.
The painting will be at Walsingham for The Rededication of England as Mary’s Dowry on 29th March. After the Rededication the Dowry Painting will begin a journey to every Catholic parish in England.
Cardinal Nichols said: “The blessing of the icon of Our lady of Walsingham by Pope Francis is a great encouragement to us all as we prepare for 29th March and our act of Rededication.
“I assured our Holy Father of our prayers and affection and thanked him for his blessing.”
Mgr Armitage said: “Yesterday was a truly blessed day, when the Holy Father blessed the new Dowry Painting. The painting, which will visit every Catholic church in England, was then taken to the tomb of St Gregory the Great in St Peters Basilica, the pope who sent St Augustine to evangelise the people of England.
“Before his tomb we prayed for his intercession to strengthen our faith to continue this mission in England.”
More details on The Rededication, the history and importance of the Walsingham Shrine or the Dowry Painting can be found at www.behold2020.com
Picture: Pope Francis with a statue of Our Lady of Walsingham and Cardinal Nichols during his weekly audience at the Vatican. (EWTN Vatican).