"not as a guest or a stranger"

Jun 14, 2013

This morning in Rome, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby met with Pope Francis. It was a significant meeting, beginning with the words of Pope Paul VI in 1966 greeting the then Archbishop Michael Ramsey:

“Your steps have not brought you to a foreign dwelling … we are pleased to open the doors to you, and with the doors, our heart, pleased and honoured as we are … to welcome you ‘not as a guest or a stranger, but as a fellow citizen of the Saints and the Family of God’.” 

Archbishop Rowan Williams visited the pope in 2006. He reflects on that visit (with reference to the historic 1966 meeting) can be found at this link.

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