The Archbishop of Canterbury preached a sermon to 10,000 people (the largest he has ever addressed) at the Eucharist which welcomed members of the Primates' Meeting and Anglican Consultative Council meeting. Also includes inset piece "We are a Eucharistic Community" by Patrick Forbes about Archbishop Desmond Tutu, host for the meeting, and his vision for all of southern Africa and in particular for forgiveness and reconciliation.
"As late as the 1988 Lambeth Conference, bishops from Africa were denying that there was a disease called AIDS". The situation has changed now and the Cape Town joint meeting passed a resolution "that calls for a universal response to AIDS". Several African churches, including those of Uganda and Tanzania have developed AIDS education and prevention programs.
"Due to a series of unavoidable events, including the moving of our offices, this edition of our magazine is late. I trust that its contents will continue to inspire us all to do all we can to seek the common good for our wonderfully diverse and colourful rainbow family of God, quoting Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Also note the status of the Anglican Cycle of Prayer. A copy of the first section of the cycle is included in this mailing. Your comments would be most welcome. This is in addition to the book produced by Forward Movement Publications. Accurate up-to-date listing are listed daily on our website. The Editor".
"How to provide the names of the dioceses and the correct name of the bishop is also something we are attempting to do through the website: www.anglicancommunion.org. ..... We also know that since using the web as a primary source for the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, thousands more people have been attracted to it than we have ever had in buying a hard copy that was available through one of our sister organisations in the United States." "[T]herefore in this particular issue I am issuing the entire year of 2007, realising full well that by the time these prayers are said in many places there will be need for updates. I would ask all of you to visit the website often ...".
A description of the world wide Anglican Communion and a discussion about Anglican identity which also discusses the use of the terms "Anglican" and "Episcopal". "It is obvious from history that some people are reluctant to use the word Anglican or reluctant to use the word Episcopal. Whatever reasoning, or whatever history may give us to ponder, the reality is in a communication age such as ours, we need to get our identity at least as defined as possible. It is my hope that we can encourage churches that are now members of the Anglican Communion to use both words Episcopal and Anglican in all their promotions, advertisements, signage and notice boards. ... I do think on an international level it will always be wise to refer to the Communion in the future as `The Anglican Episcopal Communion'."
Also mentions that "Some day I would also hope that there would be more of a consensus on how we title those who hold offices in our Church."
"Holiness and Hope was the theme as the Primates (Chief Archbishops / Presiding Bishops / Moderators) of the 38 Provinces of the Anglican Communion met in Oporto, Portugal, from 23-28 March 2000. In 15 sessions over six days the Primates maintained a brisk pace through a full agenda, as they discussed world debt, interfaith and ecumenical relations, and matters of church order, governance and collegiality".
On 12-14 February 1999 the Archbishop of Canterbury and nearly 300 guests joined together to celebrate the refurbishment and re-opening of the Anglican Centre in Rome. "In recognition of the outstanding service of both Canon Bruce and Vivien Ruddock, the Archbishop of Canterbury awarded them both the medal of St. Augustine, never before presented to a husband and wife." "The Anglican Centre offers continuing education opportunities for clergy and laity alike and its director serves as a personal link of the Archbishop of Canterbury to the Holy See. Its purpose includes articulation of Anglicanism to Roman Catholics and to interpret Roman Catholicism to Anglicans from all parts of the world."
A description of the visit of Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, to Rome in November 2006. Two of the highlights of the visit were the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Anglican Centre in Rome and a meeting between Dr. Williams and Pope Benedict XVI. Other places and congregations visited included the St. Egidio Community (in St. Bartholomew's), St. Sabina, San Anselmo and the Joel Nafuma Centre in St. Paul's within the Walls Episcopal Church (see also special section on p. 12). Includes many wonderful photographs.
See also photo of "Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and Cardinal Walter Kasper, in the magnificent Sistine Chapel" on p. 3 and back page photo of Archbishop Rowan Williams and Pope Benedict XVI.
A description of the weekend visit, 10-11 March 2007, to Angola by Archbishop Rowan Williams. Archbishop Williams, hosted by the diocese's first bishop, the Rt. Rev. Andre Soares, visited Uige "where the main Anglican work and mission has been the strongest. A Eucharist attended by over 1000 included 40 candidates for the sacrament of confirmation administered by the Archbishop". On Sunday he attended a eucharist held in a sports stadium in the capital of Luanda. Dr. Williams preached and his sermon was translated into Portuguese. "Bishop Soares, in his official welcome speech on Sunday, praised the Archbishop for 'your determination, courage and pastoral care in making sure you visited this little flock'. The bishop also thanked Archbishop Williams for his willingness to 'struggle to hold the Anglican Communion together as a visible sign of God's love to his people'. The bishop noted that the Archbishop's visit comes just as Angola begins its celebration of 5 years of peace 'after a long and bitter time of war'. The bishop reminded the assembly that Angolans had suffered for 41 years including the War of Independence and the Civil War. The bishop said, 'As a result of this, the country has lost its best sons, thousands were left without limbs, millions driven from their homes ... we are left with a nation disfigured by poverty and misery'."