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Signs Of The Times – Togetherness In Madrid

One of the challenges of serving in the Diocese in Europe is not just adapting to a variety of different laws and customs but absorbing the history of the 46 countries in which we have a presence.

Spain’s history includes a time when any church, other than Roman Catholics, were merely tolerated and – in the case of St George’s Anglican Church in Madrid had to be built behind high walls so as not to be seen.

Attitudes to the Church changed significantly as a result of the Civil War (1936-1939) and the subsequent dictatorship of General Franco who died in 1975. Perhaps because of opposition to the Christian faith or apathy towards Christians our sense of inter-church unity has increased, as witnessed by these pictures from last month’s concluding service of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.  It was held in Madrid Cathedral and led by the new Archbishop of Madrid.  Fr. Paul Ormrod and Mat Phipps from St. George’s were among the clergy and Church leaders greeted by the Archbishop.

Confirmation of the song “That they’ll know we are Christians by our love”!