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A Joint Christmas Message from Archbishops Richard Clarke and Eamon Martin

The Anglican and Roman Catholic Primates of Ireland: Archbishop Eamon Martin (l), the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Armagh, and Archbishop Richard Clarke, the Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” John 1:5

A couple of weeks ago, we both travelled to Rome to meet with members of the Sant’Egidio Community and to experience at first hand – however briefly – some of the wonderful work that these remarkable Christian disciples are carrying out. Not only are members of the community working for reconciliation in many countries of the world, but they are also to be found among the dispossessed of Rome giving practical and material help. In more recent times they have been at the forefront of caring for – and taking responsibility for – refugees who have found their way (sometimes in the most difficult of circumstances) to Italy.

It was in this context that we had the opportunity, one evening, to meet a number of these refugees – some from Syria and some from Eritrea. Three Eritrean girls, possibly still teenagers, had arrived in Rome only a few hours earlier, having been rescued from danger in Ethiopia by members of the Sant’Egidio Community. In conversation, we asked the girls how they were now feeling. One of them, with a sudden huge smile on her face, replied in just one word – “safe”. [Read more …]

Posted: 20 December 2017


Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue:
Online resource centre for Anglican-Roman Catholic relations

Welcome to the International Anglican-Roman Catholic Commission for Unity and Mission (IARCCUM) website, an online resource centre for Anglican-Roman Catholic relations.

Highlights of the IARCCUM.org collection

21 study papers from the 1967-1975 Anglican-Roman Catholic Commission on the Theology of Marriage, including:

Mixed Marriage: Status Quaestionis ~ ARCJPC-MM-2
• John Macquarrie, On the Nature of the Marriage Bond (Vinculum Conjugale) ~ ARCCM-17
• Aloysius M. Ambrozic, Indissolubility of Marriage in the New Testament: Law or Ideal? ~ ARCCM-19
• Prof. G.R. Dunstan, The Anglican Understanding of Natural and Sacramental Marriage ~ ARCCM-23

About IARCCUM

IARCCUM is a commission established by the Anglican Communion and the Roman Catholic Church as an official joint commission. IARCCUM exists in parallel with the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission, the theological commission known as ARCIC. IARCCUM’s purpose is:

Pope Francis and Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby pause to pray at the chair of St Gregory the Great, following the vespers and commissioning of the IARCCUM bishops on October 5, 2016. Photo: Rev Amanda Currie
Pope Francis and Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby pause to pray at the chair of St Gregory the Great, following the vespers and commissioning of the IARCCUM bishops on October 5, 2016. Photo: Rev Amanda Currie

In 2000, Archbishop George Carey, then Archbishop of Canterbury, and Cardinal Edward Cassidy, then President of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, convoked a conference of Anglican and Roman Catholic bishops at Mississauga in Canada to discern the progress made in theological conversations since the 1960s, and whether closer co-operation could be developed between the two traditions. The result was IARCCUM, which has been meeting since 2001. In February 2007, it published the first fruit of its work, the report Growing Together in Unity and Mission, accompanied by two commentaries. IARCCUM’s work continues under the co-presidency of Archbishop Donald Bolen and Bishop David Hamid.

In October of 2016, IARCCUM gathered 19 pairs of Anglican and Roman Catholic bishops in Canterbury and Rome for an 8-day pilgrimage. This gathering was an opportunity to study and pray together at the tombs of Saints Peter, Paul, Augustine of Canterbury, and Thomas à Becket. The bishop-pairs were commissioned by Pope Francis and Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby at vespers at San Gregorio al Celio. On the site where St Gregory the Great commissioned St Augustine to evangelise the English, these bishops were commissioned to promote the growth in communion between these two churches and the reception of the agreements reached in the theological dialogues.