Friday, March 31, 2017

Pope’s remarks on intercommunion ‘ground-breaking’

From The Church Times-

REMARKS made by Pope Francis during his visit to All Saints’, Rome (News, 3 March) are being interpreted as an endorsement of intercommunion between Anglicans and Roman Catholics.

During a question-and-answer session, the Pope was asked what might be learnt from the Churches in the global South, where ecumenical relations were often much more advanced. He spoke of the “courage” of younger Churches, particularly in relation to the Anglican and Roman Catholic martyrs in Uganda, and the possibility of a joint visit to South Sudan with Archbishop Welby, at the specific request of the Roman Catholic Church there.

He went on: “And then, there is my experience. I was very friendly with the Anglicans at Buenos Aires, because the back of the parish of Merced was connected with the Anglican Cathedral. I was very friendly with Bishop Gregory Venables, very friendly.

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