The Pope's meeting last week with Anglican leaders
'Dr Williams spoke with the Pope in German for a minute, during which they said they would pray for each other. Dr Williams and Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O' Connor said that they hoped that the new Pope would visit England, although no date was set, a spokesman for Dr Williams said.
Dr Williams presented the Pope with a pectoral cross. He introduced his wife, Jane, as a theologian; the Primate of the West Indies, the Most Revd Drexel Gomez, who chairs the Inter Anglican Standing Committee on Ecumenical Relations; and the Bishop of Rochester, Dr Michael Nazir-Ali. A spokesman for Dr Williams said that he expected that there would be 'a fuller meeting' with the Pope at a later date.
Dr Nazir-Ali said on Tuesday that the Pope had met the Anglican delegation immediately after the Orthodox. 'His first priority is relationships with the Orthodox, and the second is with the Anglicans.' The Pope had spent about 15 minutes with the Anglicans. 'He was very friendly towards us,' Dr Nazir-Ali reported.
Dr Nazir-Ali said that the Anglican Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC) had been mentioned. He believed that there would now be a further meeting of the Commission, 'which we could call ARCIC III', and which would meet next year to decide what it wanted to discuss."