Pope to meet Anglican leader before crisis summit
The Pope is to meet the leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion just weeks before a crisis meeting will take place to prevent the disintegration of the Anglican Communion.
London's Catholic Herald reports the historic encounter between John Paul II and Dr Rowan Williams, the Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury, will represent the first time the two have ever met.
But the event on 4 October will be overshadowed by the impending summit of world Anglican primates in the wake of the election by the American Episcopalian Church of Canon Gene Robinson, a divorced gay man living with his same-sex partner, as Anglican Bishop of New Hampshire.
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5 Sep 2003