At Westminster Cathedral, a First for Anglicanism

LONDON, JAN. 13, 2005 ( The Anglican archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, will open an exhibition on Anglicanism at Westminster Cathedral this Friday, on the eve of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

It is the first Anglican exhibition to be shown in the cathedral, and the event marks Williams’ first formal visit.

The exhibition, “Anglicanism and the Western Christian Tradition: Continuity and Change,” was devised by Britain’s ambassador to the Holy See and the dean and chapter of Norwich Cathedral.

It was first shown in the Vatican museums in 2002, and was the first exhibition by a non-Catholic body to be held there.

The Catholic archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, will open the exhibition with Williams.

During the viewing the cardinal and Anglican archbishop will pray together for the victims of the tsunami, in the Chapel of Holy Souls. Williams will then preach at vespers.

Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor said, “I am delighted that the archbishop of Canterbury is joining me to open this exhibition, which I am sure will contribute to Anglican-Catholic understanding.”