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Anglican Church leaders meet in Rome for pilgrimage and meeting with Pope Francis

by Premier Journalist

Senior leaders of the Anglican Communion are gathering in Rome this week for the 2024 Primates’ Meeting.

They will engage in prayer, scripture study, and reflection on the Church's mission, with an opportunity for interfaith dialogue presented by meetings with Pope Francis and Cardinal Grech to discuss synodality.

The historic significance of Rome for Christianity will be honoured through visits to key sites such as St. Peter’s Basilica and the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls.

Hosted by Archbishop Ian Ernest of the Anglican Centre in Rome, this meeting, postponed in 2020 due to the pandemic, serves as a crucial forum for unity among Anglican churches worldwide.

The agenda, developed by regional primates, will address global conflicts, local concerns, and proposals for addressing differences within the Communion.

Speaking about the 2024 Primates’ Meeting Most Rev Justin Welby, said: “The Primates’ Meeting is an important time of pilgrimage and fellowship. Together, we will discuss common priorities and challenges in the global mission and shared life of the Anglican Communion. The Primates serve churches and communities around the world. Many come from settings where people are directly impacted by the instability of conflict, the challenge of climate crisis and the injustice of poverty. Together, we will pray for the needs of people and planet, the unity of God’s Church and the witness of the Anglican Communion.” 

The Anglican Communion Office in London will provide support for the meeting, which marks the first for seven of the attending primates.

Since its inception in 1978, the Primates’ Meeting has worked closely with the Anglican Consultative Council and the Lambeth Conference.

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