“He was warm, loving and smiling” is one of the many happy memories of the Pope’s visit to All Saints Church in Rome as part of the congregation’s 200 years anniversary.
The 90 minute visit began with an exchange of greetings before His Holiness dedicated an icon specially created for All Saints big birthday.
He then shared in a renewal of baptism vows before sharing in part of a service of Evensong where he gave a homily, led the Lord’s Prayer with the congregation joining in English and Italian before the Pontiff clearly enjoyed sharing the peace with members of the congregation.
He also witnessed the signing of a unique agreement of understanding between All Saints and the local Roman Catholic parish, pledging closer cooperation and sharing in several areas of ministry.
Then, in a bold venture, Pope Francis took and answered questions from members of the congregation.
Our Bishops Robert and David both spoke afterwards of his warmth and clear friendship towards Anglicans in a day which they both agreed had seen a bit of history made.