HOLY LAND – From January 13-15, the primates of the Anglican Church worldwide met in Amman for their periodic pastoral meeting and in preparation for their most important meeting in Canterbury, at the end of March, where the Lambeth Conference will take place. After the meeting in Amman, some bishops came to Jerusalem where they met representatives of the local churches.
The Anglican Church has a total of 40 ecclesial provinces distributed throughout the world, each one of them presided over by a bishop called “primate”. Periodically, Anglican primates meet to discuss pastoral and theological issues and to take stock of the situation. This year, the designated place for their meeting was Amman, hosted by the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem and its Archbishop, Most Reverend Suheil Dawani.
Led by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, the Anglican primates numerous and important themes: concern for persecutions that Christians suffer in some parts of the world, the problem of the abuse of minors, the question of ecology. In the end, the bishops drafted a statement that sums up the key points of their discussions.
After the Amman meeting, six of the 33 bishops present at the Jordan meeting continued their journey in the Holy Land by visiting Jerusalem as a sign of closeness and solidarity. Welcomed at the Anglican Cathedral of Saint George by the Anglican Archbishop of Jerusalem, Suheil Dawani, the primates celebrated their religious services together with the local community and in the presence of some representative of the local churches: Latin, Coptic, Armenian and Lutheran. From the Latin Patriarchate, the Apostolic Administrator, Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, and the Vicar General, Bishop Boulos Marcuzzo were present.
The religious ceremony was followed by a friendly reception in which those present were able to get to know each other and exchange opinions.
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