Monday, 5 May 2008

Archbishop of Canterbury in Rome

I heard about this on Radio 4; the quote is from the Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury. I haven't been able to find a photograph yet of the meeting but I think this is a very good one taken at another meeting in 2006:

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, is to convene the 7th Building Bridges Seminar in Rome next week. This is a unique annual series which brings together a range of internationally recognised Christian and Muslim scholars for an intensive study of relevant Biblical and Qur'anic texts.

The seminar, which is organised in partnership with Georgetown University, will run from Tuesday to Thursday (May 6th to 8th). The theme for this year's seminar is 'Communicating the Word: Revelation, Translation and Interpretation in Christianity and Islam', and builds on from similar events in London, Doha, Sarajevo, Washington DC and Singapore.

On Wednesday 7th May, the Archbishop will preach and preside at the service for the Inauguration of his new Representative to the Holy See and Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome, the Revd David Richardson.

During the visit the Archbishop will meet privately with His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI.

It's always interesting to hear of religious leaders meeting the Holy Father, especially when they are from the established church in Great Britain. It is encouraging to know that conversations are taking place, and although this is a private meeting, sometimes this can be more useful than an official one.

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