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Anglicans talk of unity with Rome

The Archbishop of Canterbury has signalled that the rift between Anglicans and Catholics stemming from the Reformation could finally be healed, following the reconciliation between the churches during the reign of John Paul II.

A London Times report published in The Australian today says that as cardinals prepare to elect a new pope, Rowan Williams, the first Archbishop of Canterbury to attend a pope's funeral, said "the roots we have put down in recent years are far too deep to uproot".

Dr Williams, who sat in the front row opposite the papal coffin at last Friday's funeral, said: "It seemed to me absolutely natural that the Archbishop of Canterbury should come to share the prayers, hopes, grief and thanksgiving of our Roman Catholic brothers and sisters."

Dr Williams said that although the breach with Rome -- dating to the 16th century Reformation, which aimed to reform the Catholic Church and resulted in the establishment of the Protestant churches -- was "not yet at an end", there had been an irreversible reconciliation between Anglicans and Catholics during the reign of John Paul II for his successor to build on.

Bishop John Flack, the Archbishop of Canterbury's representative in Rome, said that "when John Paul II became pope 27 years ago, many Anglicans would not have accepted that he was the leader of all Christians".

Anglicans talk of unity with Rome (The Australian/The Times 12/4/05)

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12 Apr 2005