Dr. Geoffrey Fisher, Archbishop of Canterbury, UK, arrived in Rome, Italy, Dec 1 from Istanbul.?
Dr. Geoffrey Fisher, Archbishop of Canterbury, UK, arrived in Rome, Italy, Dec 1 from Istanbul. He is to meet Pope John XXIII at the Vatican, Dec 2. Certain Protestants in Britain frown on this meeting: they feel it might give the impression that the Church of England is now willing to come to terms with the Roman Catholic Church.
The Church of England was formed because of a split with Rome over certain issues centuries ago.
Dr. Fisher, wearing the traditional four-cornered velvet Canterbury cap, was greeted at the airport by the British Ambassador to Italy, Sir Ashley Clarke, and representatives of the Vatican and the Italian Government. The Archbishop told reporters: "This is the first occasion on which an Archbishop of Canterbury has visited Rome officially since the 14th century. Therefore, although it is quite an unspectacular event, it is also an historic one. I look forward with great interest and delight to the conversations with His Holiness the Pope."
His visit, he said, was one of "Christian friendship and courtesy." It is the last stage of the ecclesiastical tour that has also taken him to Jerusalem.