Pope Francis became the first Pontiff, who visited the Anglican Church in Rome, reports AP.
The purpose and reason for the visit, held on Sunday, February 26, was to overcome “centuries of mutual distrust, prejudice and hostility” between faiths.
Pope Francis made a joint prayer with the head of the Anglican Church in Europe Robert Indecom in the Church of All Saints, situated near the Spanish steps. During his homily the Pope urged the faithful of the Roman Catholic and Anglican branches of Christianity to seek unity through “dialogue, roots and ordinances”. “Sometimes our path towards full unity may seem slow and uncertain, but today we can be encouraged by our meeting,” said
The head of the Anglican Church, in turn, welcomed the Pontiff, noting his contribution to the protection of migrants and refugees.
Anglicans split from Catholicism in 1534, after the divorce of Henry VIII from his first wife. Between the Anglican and Catholic churches there are mutual distrust and animosity created by religious differences.
We will remind, in February 2016 in Cuba took place the meeting of Pope Francis and the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill. The talks were the first in the history of the Church after the division into Catholic and Orthodox branches.