Sabato, 20 Ottobre 2018
VATICAN CITY

Pope thanks Anglicans for understanding over converts

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Vatican City, June 14 - Pope Francis on Friday
said he was ''grateful'' for the Church of England's reaction to
Vatican rules helping Anglicans join the Roman Catholic Church
during his first meeting with Archbishop of Canterbury Justin
Welby at the Vatican on Friday.
The pontiff expressed gratitude for ''the sincere effort
the Church of England has shown in understanding the reasons
which led my predecessor Pope Benedict XVI to offer a canonical
structure able to respond to the demands of those groups of
Anglicans that asked to be received, also as a corporation,
within the Catholic Church''.
A new section of the Catholic Church in which converted
Anglicans can gather was created in 2009 and called
''Anglicanorum Coetibus'', Apostolic Constitution in Latin.
This allows Anglicans to become Catholic while retaining
some of their traditions and practices.
It came as a response to demands from more conservative
Anglicans, unhappy with progressive developments, such as
proposals to have women bishops, for an easier, large-scale way
to convert.
The Holy See had previously approached conversion demands
on a case-by-case basis.
''I am sure that this will enable the Catholic world to
improve its knowledge of the spiritual, liturgical and pastoral
traditions that make up the Anglican heritage'', said the
pontiff.
With some 77 million members, the Anglican Communion is the
third largest Christian communion after the Roman Catholic and
the Eastern Orthodox churches.
Pope Francis was inaugurated as the leader of the world's
1.2 billion Catholics on March 19, two days before Welby took
over the helm of the Church of England.

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