Saturday, March 11, 2006


Nuns you don't want to mess with? No, Iranian policewomen.
Polar bear cubs in a Dutch zoo.
Confucian POD (technically, liturgical dance...)
From the Times:
DR ROWAN WILLIAMS, the Archbishop of Canterbury, is expected to make his first formal visit to Pope Benedict XVI in Rome this year in an attempt to heal the centuries-old rift between the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches.
The two church leaders are expected to attend at least one service together, probably vespers at the basilica of St Paul’s-Without-The-Walls.
The meeting, which awaits confirmation from Rome, is being organised to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the meeting in 1966 between Pope Paul VI and Archbishop Michael Ramsey, the 100th Archbishop of Canterbury. Dr Williams still wears the ring given by the Pope to Lord Ramsey on that visit.
At the meeting, the Pope and the Archbishop of Canterbury will also begin the third round of formal talks between the two churches. Senior Catholics in Britain admit that relations between the two churches have reached a “plateau”.
The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey of Clifton, who visited Pope John Paul II six times, told The Times: “It is true that we are living in an ecumenical winter. It has got even icier since the American church’s decision to consecrate Gene Robinson which goes completely against the Catholic position and the historic position of the Anglican Communion as well. Rowan’s personal contact and commitment is going to be the key thing. All we can hope for is that he keeps the fire burning.”
One leading theologian has told friends how he emerged from a recent meeting with Pope Benedict XVI surprised and impressed by his enthusiasm to build bridges with the Anglicans.
By-the-by, if you read the whole article, you'll find it not very well-informed.

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