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Archbishop of Canterbury invites ecumenical group, founded by Catholics, to live and pray at his residence

November 19, 2013

The Archbishop of Canterbury has invited an ecumenical prayer group with Catholic roots to take up residence in Lambeth Palace.

Four members of the Chemin Neuf community, which was established in France in 1973 as a “Roman Catholic community with an ecumenical vocation,” will offer prayers three times daily for Dr. Justin Welby and his ministry as leader of the worldwide Anglican communion. The group is composed of two Anglicans, one Lutheran, and a Catholic.

Archbishop Welby said that the prayers of the ecumenical group would “further the ecumenical and international dimensions of his work.” His Catholic counterpart, Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster, said: “I salute this initiative which brings the riches of a number of Christian traditions of prayer to the life of the palace.”


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