Pope Francis is pushing through with an unusually high-powered month of outreach to other Christians, celebrating 50 years of Catholic dialogue with the Anglican Church in between important visits to Greek Orthodox and Lutheran leaders, the Washington Post website reports today (October 5, 2016).
Francis joined the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, for a vigil prayer service today at Rome's church of St. Gregory.
The celebration comes just days after Francis returned from the country of Georgia in eastern Europe, where he tried to improve relations with the Georgian Orthodox Church, one of the most conservative and hostile toward Rome. Francis will also be traveling to Sweden in 2017 to mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.
Catholic-Anglican relations have been strained in recent years by issues, including female bishops and same-sex marriage.