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Archbishop Of Canterbury visits Pope

Pope John Paul II welcomed the archbishop of Canterbury on a farewell visit to the Vatican Friday and paid tribute to their mutual commitment toward closer relations.

It was the sixth meeting between the Most. Rev. George Carey and the pope, a sign of their efforts to bring the Roman Catholic Church and the worldwide Anglican Communion closer together.

Carey has announced an October retirement as spiritual leader of the world's 70 million Anglicans.

``Your grace, I pray that the next phase of your life will offer new ways to share your gifts on the journey of reconciliation that we have undertaken,'' said John Paul in welcoming remarks released by the Vatican.

In turn, Carey spoke of the ``growing closeness, mutual affection and respect between our churches.''

And he told the pope that ``your great courage, wisdom and holiness of life have touched and inspired Christians throughout the world.''

While both the Roman Catholic Church and the Anglicans have hailed progress in their relationship, the pope has called the Church of England's decision to ordain women a setback.

Rome may allow women priests, says Carey (London Telegraph)


24 Jun 2002