On June 15th 2012, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI established the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross to allow those of the Anglican tradition to enter into the full communion of the Catholic Church while retaining much of their heritage.

This is the third Ordinariate to be established under the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus.  The first Ordinariate was created on Jan 15 2011 in England and now includes Wales and Scotland. The second was established on Jan 1 2012 for those in the United States that also includes Canada.

This prophetic act of the Holy Father is a small but highly significant step along the difficult road towards the unity of all Christians for which Our Lord prayed.