New papal nuncio faces major challenges in England
CWN - March 24, 2011
Anna Arco of London's Catholic Herald interviews Archbishop Antonio Mennini, the new apostolic nuncio to Great Britain. The interview is noteworthy for two reasons.
- Archbishop Mennini recounts his work as papal nuncio in Russia, where he managed--fairly successfully, it seems--the delicate relations between the Catholic dioceses and the Orthodox patriarchate of Moscow, helping to build up the Catholic Church while simultaneously improving ecumenical relations.
- The appointment of such a seasoned and proven Vatican diplomat to London suggests that the Vatican recognizes the enormous challenge involved in implementing Anglicanorum Coetibus, while avoiding a breach in relations with the Church of England--and, for that matter, coping with the resistance from the Catholic bishops of England.
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