Pages from History: The Archbishop of Canterbury meets with Pope (1966)

23 March, 1966: The Archbishop of Canterbury His Grace Michael Ramsey meets with Pope Paul VI at the Vatican, the first such meeting between Anglican and Catholic leaders in an official audience since King Henry VIII broke with Rome more than 400 years earlier to form the Church of England. It was the first public meeting between the leaders of the two Churches following an earlier private meeting between Archbishop Geoffrey Fisher and Pope John XXIII had  on 2 December 1960.

Archbishop Ramsey met Paul three times during his visit and opened the Anglican Center in Rome with the purpose of increasing their mutual knowledge. Pope Paul replied that “by entering into our house, you are entering your own house, we are happy to open our door and heart to you.”

Archbishop Ramsey meeting Pope Paul VI (photo from httpdstp.rel.pl )

Archbishop Ramsey meeting Pope Paul VI (photo from httpdstp.rel.pl )

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