Pope Francis receives Archbishop Welby at Casa Santa Marta

14 November 2019
Pope Francis greets Archbishop Justin Welby at the Casa Santa Marta. Image: Vatican Media/Vatican News.


Pope Francis meets with Anglican Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury and Archbishop Ian Ernest, the newly appointed Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome.

Archbishop Ernest, the Bishop of Mauritius and former Primate of the Anglican Church of the Indian Ocean, also serves as the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Personal Representative the Holy See.

On Wednesday 13 November 2019, Pope Francis received in audience His Grace Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, accompanied by His Grace Archbishop Ian Ernest, Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome and Representative of the Anglican Communion to the Holy See.

During the friendly discussions, the condition of Christians in the world was mentioned, as well as certain situations of international crisis, particularly the sorrowful situation in South Sudan.

At the end of the meeting, the Holy Father and the Archbishop of Canterbury agreed that if the political situation in the Country permits the creation of a transitional government of national unity in the coming 100 days, according to the timing set by the recent agreement signed in Entebbe, in Uganda, it is their intention to visit South Sudan together.

With thanks to Vatican News and the Holy See Press Office, where this article originally appeared.


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