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Hallo again to all on this fourth Sunday of Easter.

Greek Orthodox iconYou'll find a vast amount of Anglican news this week in our News Centre, but the media spotlight has recently focused on the leaders of two major non-Anglican churches. The Primate of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope John Paul II, visited Greece, a stronghold of Orthodoxy. If you are not familiar with the details of the thousand-year history of the schism between these two churches, it may be enough to look at the faces of the monks in this BBC report and realise that these men, or their peers, recently asked the Pope to renounce Roman Catholicism and embrace Orthodoxy. The Orthodox have no doubt that theirs is the true faith, and accuse Rome of attempting to impose its supremacy over the Christian world during past centuries.

Besides sex, the themes of Anglican news in recent years have revolved around the relationship between Canterbury and Rome. Topics include intercommunion, ecumenism, authority, and the legitimacy of orders. That relationship is, we think, based on the unstated assumption that the Roman Catholic Church in fact does have some authority, and that maybe the Pope is sometimes right. We see a hesitancy to talk about the Anglican Durham Cathedralassumption that, yes, Rome does have some central role to play and Rome's opinion does matter.

Look again at the faces of those Orthodox monks and see that they are confident that they have guarded the true faith while Rome has drifted from it.

We at Anglicans Online treasure our Anglican heritage but we also very firmly believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. We are convinced that the God of Rome is the same God known in Istanbul and Athens and Canterbury, and that He is probably glad when His children try to reconcile with one another.

Returning to the here and now, we welcome to the web this week the Australian dioceses of Riverina and Rockhampton and the Diocese of Peru, along with new parish listings from Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, New Zealand, the USA, and Wales. Every week we feature new listings in our New This Week section; you can find all of these sites there.

See you next week.

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Last updated: 6 May 2001