Thursday, March 21, 2013

New Pope congratulates new Archbishop of Canterbury

Hello my dear reader.

It is a good guess that many of you by know have heard of the installation of Pope Francis I as the new Bishop of Rome and the 266th person elected to head the Roman Catholic Church. It is also a decent guess that some of you have not heard of another installation: Rev. Justin Welby as the new Archbishop of Canterbury and spiritual leader of the Anglican Communion.

Pope Francis wrote the following message to Archbishop Welby:

To the Most Reverend and Right Honourable
Justin Welby
Archbishop of Canterbury

"May grace and peace be multiplied to you" (1 Pet 1:2b)

I thank you for the kind words contained in your message to me at my election, and I wish in turn to offer my greetings and best wishes on the occasion of your Enthronement at Canterbury Cathedral.

The pastoral ministry is a call to walk in fidelity to the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Please be assured of my prayers as you take up your new responsibilities, and I ask you to pray for me as I respond to the new call that the Lord has addressed to me.

I look forward to meeting you in the near future, and to continuing the warm fraternal relations that our predecessors enjoyed.

From the Vatican, 18 March 2013


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