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Catholic Bishop Adrian Wilkinson and Anglican Bishop Niall Coll pictured with the Irish ambassador to the Holy See, Frances Collins, outside of the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls in Rome. The bishops, in Rome for the IARCCUM Summit, attended Vespers at the end of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity and were commissioned by Pope Francis and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby to return to Ireland and promote relations between the two churches
Kilkenny bishops reflect on special international Anglican-Roman Catholic summit (18 Feb 2024)

Bishop Peter Collins, Roman Catholic bishop of East Anglia (right) and Bishop Stephen Race, Anglican bishop of Beverley, reading an extract from the address of St. Gregory the Great sending St. Augustine on his mission to the Angles. The bishops were participating in Morning Prayer at San Gregoria al Celio, where St. Gregory commissioned St. Augustine in 596 AD
Bishop Peter Collins reflects on summit in Rome and Canterbury (15 Feb 2024)

IARCCUM bishops gathered with the Canterbury Cathedral clergy following the Sunday service during the IARCCUM Summit
Second IARCCUM Summit takes place in Rome and Canterbury (9 Feb 2024)

Rev. Dr. Iain Luke, principal of the College of Emmanuel & St. Chad in the Saskatoon Theological Union, and Archbishop Linda Nicholls, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada and a member of ARCIC III (the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission)
Roman Catholic document on blessings could bring new perspectives to Anglican same-sex marriage debate, leaders say (7 Feb 2024)

Pope Francis points something out to Anglican Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury after an evening prayer service concluding the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity at Rome's Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls
A short history of Catholic-Anglican relations — and the last roadblocks to unity (2 Feb 2024)

2008 ~ Anglican-Roman Catholic news & opinion

The Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Ecumenical Relations
17 December 2008 • Persistent link:

The Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Ecumenical Relations (IASCER) held its last meeting in Kyoto, Japan, under the chairmanship of the Most Revd Drexel Gomez, Primate of the Church in the Province of the West Indies. The Commission is charged with reviewing current international ecumenical dialogues involving Anglicans, and provincial and regional initiatives towards unity with other Christians. IASCER consists of representatives from each international dialogue involving Anglicans, including the multilateral dialogue of Faith and Order, and of certain other commissions and networks, and consultants who bring particular regional or theological expertise.

Bishops’ join together for second bi-lateral meeting
18 November 2008 • Persistent link:

Roman Catholic Bishops’ Conference and Church of England House of Bishops join together for second bi-lateral meeting

The Church of England House of Bishops and the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales are joining together for a second bi-lateral meeting, this time at Lambeth Palace, today, Monday, November 17. In 2006, they met together in Leeds for study and worship.

They will be chaired by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams and the Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor.

An Interview with the Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome
29 July 2008 • Persistent link:

Some in the Anglican Communion may have found themselves a little irritated by the amount of rhetoric that has issued from the Vatican in recent weeks on the divisions facing the church. The Anglican Representative of the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Holy See, the Very Revd David Richardson, says that instead, the concerns of the Roman Catholic Church should be taken as a very positive reminder that the unity of the church is God’s will.

While the Pope was in Australia celebrating World Youth Day, he urged the Anglican Church to avoid schism, and Cardinal Dias warned in his address to the Lambeth Conference about the dangers of disunity to evangelism.

Ecumenical relationships assisted by Lambeth Participation
25 July 2008 • Persistent link:

The inclusion of Ecumenical partners in the full participation of the Lambeth Conference marks a high point in Ecumenical relationships between the Anglican Church and the Catholic Church, according to Maronite Archbishop Paul Sayah of Haifa and the Holy Land.

Archbishop Sayah joined Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams at a media conference today to explain some of the progress and challenges facing ecumenical relationships. The Maronite Church is an Eastern church which is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church.

The church needs apologists, not apologisers, Cardinal Dias says
23 July 2008 • Persistent link:

The urgency to preach the Good News is as true today as it was two thousand years ago, said Cardinal Ivan Dias, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples in the Roman Catholic Church.

In his address to the Lambeth Conference on Tuesday night, Cardinal Dias told the assembled bishops that the world was beset by Satanic groups and New age movements, and the “many ugly heads of the hideous anti-God monster,” including secularism, spiritual indifference and relativism.