Norwich link to Vatican church unity display
2010: As Pope Benedict XVI’s
State visit to Britain
highlights the relationship between Anglican
and the Roman Catholic Churches
has been used as a case study of good practice in an exhibition held at the Vatican
The highly-acclaimed exhibition at the Vatican was instigated by the British Ambassador to the Holy See and planned in conjunction with Norwich Cathedral. It uses Norwich as a specific case study to help unfold a rich and intriguing history.
“Despite more than 400 years of separation since the Reformation”, says the text, “Anglicans remain part of the Western Christian tradition. Living apart has meant, however, that there has been change as well as continuity.”
And now some of the exhibition is available on the website of the Anglican Centre in Rome, which look at these questions, as part of the Centre’s role in fostering friendly and informed relations between Anglicans and Roman Catholics.
The Bishop of Wakefield, The Rt Revd Stephen Platten, who is Chairman of the Anglican Centre in Rome, says: “The Pope’s visit is a significant step on the road to Christian unity. The two presentations help us understand the English context: how long that road to unity is, and how positive Anglican-Roman Catholic collaboration is on the ground today. I welcome these new resources which form part of the Anglican Centre in Rome’s role of building friendly and informed relations between Anglicans and Catholics.”
The Anglican Centre in Rome was founded in 1966 to promote Christian unity, following a visit of Archbishop of Canterbury Michael Ramsey to Pope Paul VI.
“Anglicanism and the Western Christian Tradition: Continuity and Change” is an updated version of an exhibition held in the Vatican Museums at the invitation of the Roman Catholic Church in 2002. It provides an overview of Christianity in England from the earliest times and explores some of the stages in the search for unity between the Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church. The story is taken up in “Moving Together in Unity and Mission” which gives contemporary examples of where and how the two Churches are collaborating both locally and nationally.