Anglican head applauds Pope for energising united Christian witness

The spiritual leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion said he is encouraged by Pope Benedict XVI's commitment to Christian unity.

Catholic News Service reports that Archbishop Rowan Williams - the Archbishop of Canterbury - told reporters that he believes the new papacy will give special energy to a "united Christian witness" in an increasingly secularised Europe.

Archbishop Williams was the only head of a church present for Pope Benedict's installation on Sunday, and his meeting with ecumenical representatives the next day.

"It was not possible to speak in any great depth, but the pope and myself were able to exchange a few words and promised to pray for each other," he said.

The archbishop added that he was encouraged by the fact that in the first days following his election, Pope Benedict has gone out of his way to underline the sense of priority of ecumenical work.

"He has spoken of the service of unity, and we have taken that very much to heart," he said.

Anglican leader says pope to give energy to united Christian witness (Catholic News Service 25/4/05)

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27 Apr 2005