Pope Francis, right, smiles with Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby at the end of Vespers at the monastery church of San Gregorio al Celio in Rome, Italy, Oct. 5. Photo: REUTERS/Tony Gentile
Common Declaration by Pope Francis and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby
Pope Francis and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby have said that they are “undeterred” by the “serious obstacles” to full unity between Anglicans and Roman Catholics.
In a Common Declaration, issued in Rome Oct. 5, the two say that the differences “cannot prevent us from recognizing one another as brothers and sisters in Christ by reason of our common baptism. Nor should they ever hold us back from discovering and rejoicing in the deep Christian faith and holiness we find within each other’s traditions.”
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Presiding Bishop Michael Curry speaks from Rome during a week when Anglicans and Roman Catholics are participating in a series of events to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the historic meeting in 1966 between Pope Paul VI and Archbishop of Canterbury Michael Ramsay.
Women sit at the entrance of a house damaged by Hurricane Matthew in Les Cayes, Haiti. Photo: REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares
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Hurricane Matthew continued to churn north through the Caribbean on Oct. 5, slamming the Bahamas after battering Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Cuba the day before with torrential rain and 140-mile per-hour winds.
Many Episcopal Church dioceses, congregations and members have formal partnerships and informal relationships with Episcopal churches and institutions in Haiti, and they have been trying, sometimes in vain, to contact their partners.
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