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POPE’S VISIT AND CHURCH TWINNING IN ROME

A ground-breaking visit by Pope Francis to the Anglican church of All Saints in central Rome on Sunday will be marked by the ‘twinning’ of the Church of England community with the Catholic parish of Ognissanti on the south side of the city.

The Pope’s visit is part of celebrations for the 200th anniversary of the first Church of England Eucharist, which took place in the so-called ‘English ghetto’ near the Spanish steps on 27th October 1816. He will be the first pope to visit an Anglican Church in his own Diocese of Rome.

Members of the two “parishes”, All Saints and Ognissanti, have worked together informally for almost a decade, attending each other’s liturgical celebrations and providing services to the hungry and homeless. The Catholic parish of Ognissanti on the Via Appia Nuova is the titular church of Cardinal Walter Kasper, former president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. It's also the place where Pope Paul VI celebrated the first Mass in Italian in March 1965, following the liturgical reforms of the Second Vatican Council.

Listen to the Vatican Radio interview with Cardinal Kasper speaking to Philippa Hitchen about the pastoral outreach of his parish and about the importance of Sunday’s papal visit to All Saints..

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2017/02/20/anglican_and_catholic_parishes_twinning_for_papal_visit/1293839

Share in the historic visit LIVE on Sunday via www.allsaintsrome.org and also by the Vatican Television Centre on the Vatican Radio website http://en.radiovaticana.va/

Final details and precise timings will be published on Sunday.