Prince Charles joins Anglican Centre celebrations


On Thursday 26th January, the Archbishop of Canterbury hosted a reception at Lambeth Palace in the presence of The Prince of Wales. His Royal Highness  came to celebrate the Anglican Centre's Golden Jubilee, and the great steps which have been taken over the last 50 years towards the full, visible unity of the Church. The Centre is very grateful for the Prince’s interest and support on this occasion.

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The Director of the Centre, Archbishop Moxon said:  

“Fifty years ago, Pope Paul VI spoke of the rebuilding of a fallen bridge between the Roman Catholic and the Anglican Churches.  And for the intervening fifty years, the Anglican Centre has been building the bridges which allow cooperation on a wide range of issues to happen: bridges of compassion and hope, which reveal a shared Christian ministry. This sharing is already transforming the formal and informal theological dialogue between us. It is bringing a deeper degree of communion between the world’s two largest Christian communities, a communion which in the end is to be shared with all the world."

The Rt Revd Stephen Platten, Chairman of the Anglican Centre gave the Prince of Wales a Lampedusa Cross. The Cross has been made from the wreckage of boats which have been washed up on the shore of Lampedusa.  Pope Francis received a Lampedusa Cross in 2013, and one stands on the altar in the Anglican Centre in Rome. These special crosses were also given to the Anglican Communion primates and to the pairs of Bishops of the International Anglican and Roman Catholic Commission on Unity and Mission (IARCCUM)  who took part in the Centre’s Jubilee conversations and celebrations in Rome in October 2016. The crosses are visible reminders of the terrible suffering of people who, often through no fault of their own, feel they no longer belong in their own countries.