A closer walk with the Pope, in terms of prayer, poverty and peace;
a closer walk in Roman Catholic - Anglican mission in terms of street outreach to trafficked and refugee communities,
a closer walk in terms of prayer with Roman Catholic Christians.
These were the themes of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s visit to Rome in mid-June. He affirmed the mission of the Global Freedom Network, the new anti slavery faith-based coalition, as the greatest combined initiative of the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches since the Reformation. As The Tablet newspaper affirmed, we seem to be drawing closer in relationship, even as we notice significant difference, especially the ordination of women to the episcopate. This is a remarkable gift of grace.
Perhaps a gift of grace we can offer the world is the capacity to live with a measure of difference and yet hold each other in prayerful love, as St Paul calls for. This is certainly what Archbishop Justin calls for in these days, and he is met by exactly the same spirit in Pope Francis: a good time to be walking in unity on the Emmaus road.
We haven’t arrived at the place where we can share Christ’s hospitality in a eucharist as the Emmaus pair did, but we are on that road and we are joined by the One who will lead us there.
Read The Tablet article
Read Paul Vallely’s article in The Independent
More about the visit
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