Protestant Bishop Leads ‘Anglican Eucharist’ in Catholic Basilica with Pope’s Approval

The Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury celebrated an “Anglican Eucharist” in the Catholic Basilica of St. Bartholomew this morning, with the explicit permission of Pope Francis.

Joined by Catholic and Anglican prelates from across the world, Justin Welby of the Church of England’s primary see, Canterbury, led a ceremony of “Anglican Eucharist,” in one of the Catholic basilicas of Rome. The Basilica of St. Bartholomew was filled with a mixture of Anglican laity along with Anglican and Catholic clergy.

Welby highlighted ecological concerns during his homily, stating that the earth was crying out as a result of human mistreatment. He also focused heavily on Christian unity, issuing a call for Anglicans and Catholics to cooperate more fully.

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