Pope vis­its Angli­can church near Vat­i­can

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

On Sun­day, Pope Fran­cis be­came the first Ro­man Catholic pon­tiff to visit an Angli­can parish in Rome, us­ing the his­toric oc­ca­sion to press for greater close­ness af­ter cen­turies of mis­trust, prej­u­dices and hos­til­ity. Fran­cis and the Angli­can bishop in Europe, Robert Innes, prayed side-by-side in All Saints Church not far from the Span­ish Steps. Innes praised the Ro­man Catholic leader for his sol­i­dar­ity with refugees and mi­grants. Angli­cans split from Catholi­cism in 1534, af­ter Eng­land’s King Henry VIII was de­nied an an­nul­ment. The churches are try­ing to de­velop bonds de­spite deep dif­fer­ences on such is­sues as or­dain­ing women and al­low­ing openly gay bish­ops.

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