This Friday, Pope Francis and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will have their first face-to-face meeting since assuming their new leadership roles. They will meet in Rome. The Washington Post reports:
Some hope the meeting could put Anglican-Catholic relations on a firmer footing.
Welby’s visit to Rome will be “short but very significant,” said the Rev. Mark Langham, the Vatican’s point man on dialogue with Anglicans.
While its primary purpose is to allow the two leaders to get to know each other, he noted that they share the same concerns about poverty and the global economic crisis.
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