President of the Methodist Conference visits Rome
04 October 2016
The Revd Dr Roger Walton, President of the Methodist
Conference, is in Italy's capital this week to celebrate 50 years
of the Anglican
Centre in Rome.
As well as meeting with other Church leaders and celebrating the
50th anniversary, Roger and his wife, Marion, will be taking part
in a number of activities including visiting sites of special
Speaking about the celebrations, the director of the Anglican
Centre, Archbishop David Moxon, said: "The Anglican Centre has
worked for fifty years to help Roman Catholics and Anglicans work
together, pray together, study and talk together.
"The journey we are on demands the laying-down of old fears and
misconceptions of each other, and the building up of a shared story
together. These celebrations mark the writing of a new chapter in
the history of the Christian Church."
In April of this year, the Methodist Church officially opened
its own centre in Rome, the Methodist Ecumenical Office in
opening ceremony saw Methodist representatives from across the
world, including the Secretary of the Methodist Conference, the
Revd Gareth J Powell,
meet and address the Pope.
Since 1955, a British Methodist Minister has been stationed at
the Ponte Sant'Angelo Methodist, Rome, to act informally as a link
with the ecumenical work of the Pontifical Council for Promoting
Christian Unity, a body of the Catholic Church. Since 2014, a more
formal arrangement has been put in place.
The President's visit will culminate in an ecumenical evening
prayer service and Gala dinner with Pope Francis and the Archbishop
of Canterbury, the Rt Revd Justin Welby.
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