Archbishop Welby meets Pope Francis in Rome

16 June 2014 • Persistent link:

Archbishop Justin Welby and Pope Francis meet in Rome and recommit to the struggle against modern slavery and human trafficking

In their second meeting within eighteen months Pope Francis and Archbishop Justin Welby today recommitted themselves resolutely to the struggle against modern slavery and human trafficking.

Following their first meeting last year the two global leaders have continually spoken out to challenge this crime against humanity, and have acted decisively to support the foundation of the new faith based global freedom network. They both endorsed this network as a crucial force in the struggle to rid the world of a global evil.

Read the addresses of Archbishop Justin and Pope Francis

Pope Francis and Archbishop Justin also spoke about areas in conflict and how churches around the globe are called by Christ, our reconciler, to act as peacemakers. They described their Christian passion for peacemaking in places torn apart by war, and pledged their ongoing commitment to act as agents of reconciliation and restorative justice.

The Pope and Archbishop also spoke of their appreciation of the recent work of the Anglican Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC) following its meeting in South Africa. The burdens of division continue but the opportunities for new collaboration and much deeper understanding between the two world communions are compelling and timely.

The meeting took place at the end of Archbishop Justin’s two-day visit to Rome. During his stay the Archbishop visited the Anglican Centre in Rome to hear about the new international Anglican Roman Catholic Commission on Unity and Mission website. He also saw a church-based refugee project, visited the Sant’Egidio community mission and heard about poverty projects.

He also met members of the international ecumenical Catholic foundation Chemin Neuf, four of whose members took up residence at Lambeth Palace earlier this year, and visited the Monastery of San Gregorio al Celio for ecumenical vespers.