|UK||ROAD TO UNITY IS ONE WITH NO EXIT - NEW ARCHBISHOP|
The new leader of Catholics in England and Wales, Archbishop Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, emphasised Christian unity in his sermon at his installation on Wednesday in Westminster Cathedral.
Remembering that 'tears came to my eyes' when he watched Pope John Paul II and the then Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Runcie, praying together in Canterbury Cathedral during the Pope's 1982 visit, Archbishop Murphy-O'Connor said that he thought to himself: "This is how it ought to be, this is how the enmities, the misunderstandings, the hurts of the past must end - in common prayer, in a communion that is real, and in a common witness to the one Christ in whom we are already one."
He said: "The road to Christian unity is like a road with no exit, a pilgrimage of grace we make together. More and more, it seems to me that all of us who profess Jesus Christ must speak with one voice to give witness to him in this strange and wonderful new world in which we live. I pledge myself to do so with my whole heart."
Earlier in his sermon, Archbishop Murphy-O'Connor evoked the memory of Pope John XXIII: "Like that great Pope John of happy memory, I have no time for prophets of gloom. I do not believe these are gloomy times for the Catholic Church in our country. When the skies are dark, the light shines more brightly."