Pope Francis and Archbishop of Canterbury pledge to work together towards reconciliation and unity
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis met on Friday with the new Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, stressing the need to work and worship together in the search for reconciliation and unity between the Catholic and Anglican communities. Philippa Hitchen was on hand in the library of the Apostolic Palace to hear what the Pope and the Archbishop had to say….
The promotion of common Christian values, the need for greater social justice and a commitment to reconciliation and conflict resolution: those were three key areas of cooperation that Pope Francis highlighted during his first meeting with the new Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, who began his own ministry just two days after the papal inauguration in March this year. Stressing especially the need to find a peaceful solution to the Syrian crisis, the Pope said Christians can bring peace to the world – but only when they themselves live and work together in harmony.
The history of relations between the Church of England and the Catholic Church, the Pope said, is “ complex and not without pain” But he said the theological dialogue, through the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission, and the growth of friendships at every level, “have enabled us to remain on course even when great difficulties have arisen”. The Pope noted with gratitude the efforts of the Church of England to “understand the reasons” why Pope Benedict set up the Ordinariate for former Anglicans – a move which strained relations when the surprise announcement was made back in 2009.In his words to the Pope Francis, Archbishop Welby spoke of the legacy of the previous pontiffs since the Second Vatican Council to the journey towards full Christian Unity. Wearing the episcopal ring, given by Paul VI to Archbishop Michael Ramsey back in 1966, the leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion said “it is only as the world sees Christians growing visibly in unity” that it will accept the divine message of peace and reconciliation.
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