Anglican Suggests That Pope Meet Periodically With Christian Leaders

ROME, MAY 11, 2003 (Zenit.org).- Anglican George Carey, former archbishop of Canterbury, recommended that the Pope hold periodic meetings with leaders of other Christian communities, as he does with Catholic bishops.

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Dr. Carey made his proposal Saturday, the last day of the seminar on «John Paul II: 25 Years of Pontificate, the Church at the Service of Man,» organized by the Lateran University.

«I am convinced of the value of the ‘ad limina’ visits which the Pope has with his colleagues of the episcopate from all over the world,» held every five years, he said.

Dr. Carey wondered if «Pope John Paul II might consider having an informal consultation, every now and then, with the leaders of the Churches of other communions?»

The former Anglican leader said that ecumenism in the future will have to be based on two criteria: «the humility of the cross» and the «generosity» to solicit a common testimony among Christians for the proclamation of the Gospel.

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