Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams
Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams will pray together with Pope Benedict in a rare gesture of unity on Saturday, reports AFP on Google News.
The Anglican leader and the pontiff will celebrate vespers together in the monastery of San Gregorio al Celio near the Colosseum in Rome. A stone Celtic cross brought from Canterbury will be put up in the church.
The late pope John Paul II held ecumenical prayers with the Anglican archbishop's predecessors Robert Runcie in 1989 and George Caregy in 1996.
Despite tensions following Pope Benedict's move to set up special structures to allow disgruntled conservative Anglicans to join the Catholic Church, Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said the prayers were "a sign of moving together along the same path".
Anglican leader to pray with pope on Saturday (GoogleNews/AFP)
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