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Anglican head set for Saturday audience with Pope

The Vatican is preparing to welcome the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, who will take part in scheduled public and private meetings in Rome over the weekend.

It is Williams' first visit to the Pope. According to the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, it reflects "the desire of the Anglican Communion and the Catholic Church to continue to work together toward the goal of full communion".

Dr Williams arrives in Rome Thursday night local time. He will be met at the airport by Cardinal Walter Kasper and Bishop Brian Farrell, president and secretary of the Pontifical Council respectively. The party will be joined today by Archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor.

During his stay, Dr Williams will reside at the English College, which houses British priests and seminarians studying in Rome.

Tomorrow morning the Anglican leader will pray in St Peter's Basilica before being received by the Holy Father at 11:00 am.


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Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity
Archbishop of Canterbury
Anglican Communion
The Anglican Centre in Rome

3 Oct 2003