Pope to meet senior Methodists during launch of new ecumenical office in Rome
01 April 2016
Pope Francis and senior Methodist representatives from around
the world will take part in a series of events to mark the opening
of the new Methodist Ecumenical Office in Rome (MEOR).
Attendees at the events, taking place between April 5th and 7th,
include representatives from the Vatican, the Church of England,
the World Methodist Council, the United Methodist Church and the
Methodist Church in Britain.
World Methodist Council President, Bishop Paulo Lockmann,
Vice-President Gillian Kingston and General Secretary Bishop Ivan
Abrahams, the Revd Gareth J Powell, Secretary of the Methodist
Conference, other representatives from the Methodist Church in
Britain, Deacon Alessandra Trotta President of the Methodist
Churches in Italy, representatives of the European Methodist
Council, the United Methodist Church and The Wesley (Rome) will be
A service of dedication and the opening of the centre at Ponte
Sant` Angelo will be attended by representatives of the Vatican,
Archbishop David Moxon, the Director of the Anglican Centre and the
representative of the Archbishop of Canterbury in Rome, members of
the diplomatic corps and other churches in Rome.
Next Thursday the Methodist delegation will be received by Pope
Francis in a private audience at the Vatican followed by a meeting
with members of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian
The Revd Dr Tim Macquiban, Director of the Methodist Ecumenical
Office in Rome, said: "We ask you to hold the ecumenical work of
the office in your prayers at this important stage of its
"This initiative gives Methodists worldwide the opportunity to
contribute in a continuing ecumenical dialogue, promoting
ecumenical understanding through the likes of educational
- Images from the opening will be made available here as soon as possible after the
- The Revd Dr Tim Macquiban is available for interview. Please
contact him on 0044 7711 584 954 email@example.com.