Fr Andrew’s letter to Pope Francis
Fr Andrew has written on our behalf to congratulate and welcome Pope Francis. It has been reproduced here:
His Holiness Pope Francis
I-00120 VATICAN CITY STATE
14 March 2013
Most Holy Father,
It is with great thanksgiving and heartfelt joy that I write on behalf of the Catholic members of the University of Nottingham to congratulate you and to offer an assurance of our prayers upon your election as the 265th Bishop of Rome and Successor of Saint Peter.
We pray that you will guide and shepherd your Diocese of Rome and the Universal Church for the greater glory of God, and that your heavenly patron Saint Francis of Assisi will inspire you and guide you in your pledge to build the Church on the Lord’s blood which was poured out on the Cross and to profess the one glory, Christ crucified.
Holy Father, you can count on the prayers and support of the University of Nottingham Catholic Chaplaincy. We will, by the grace of God and to the best of our ability, play our part in the common mission of the Christian faithful of sharing in Christ’s prophetic, priestly and kingly ministry, in communion with our Pope, our diocesan Bishop, Rt Rev Malcolm McMahon OP, and the Church throughout the world.
I ask you to remember the University of Nottingham Catholic Chaplaincy in your prayers, and I humbly ask that you bestow upon us your Apostolic Blessing.
I have the honour to remain, Your Holiness,
Yours devotedly in Christ,
Rev Andrew Cole BA STL JCL
Catholic Chaplain to the University of Nottingham