Primates' Meeting March 2000 - Release 2
The 38 Primates of the Anglican Communion begin their regularly scheduled meeting today, 22 March 2000, in Oporto with the theme "Holiness and Hope". The Primates, the chief archbishop or presiding bishop of one of the 38 Provinces of the Anglican Episcopal Churches of the Communion, last met at the close of the Lambeth Conference 1998. The Primates come from the Provinces of the Anglican Communion, churches in Communion with the See of Canterbury.
Meetings are not open to the public or press: The Most Revd Robin Eames, Archbishop of Armagh will serve as the official spokesperson of the week-long gathering and can be reached at the Communications Office as time permits.
The Communications Office will post any information that comes from the meeting on Anglican Communion News Service (ACNS) and our website www.anglicancommunion.org. It is expected there will be a final communique issued at the end of the meeting.
The Communications Office has a direct line: (00351) 22 60 56 081 - Direct fax is (00351) 22 605 6035. Email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
All are welcome to attend the Sunday Eucharist (March 26) to be held at the Ginasio do Torne, Rua 14 de Outubro, 264, Vila Nova de Gaia, at which the President of the Anglican Communion, the Most Revd George L. Carey, Archbishop of Canterbury, will preach the sermon. The Eucharist begins at 10.30 a.m. and is hosted by the Lusitanian Church, with its bishop, the Rt Revd Fernando Soares as the principal celebrant. The Anglican Episcopal Bishops with jurisdiction in Europe will be among the concelebrants at the liturgy. Photographers and television crews are invited to apply for accreditation.
Bishop Soares, speaking of the presence of the Anglican leaders in Portugal, said, "It is an important moment in the life of the Lusitanian Church to have the leaders of our world-wide church here in Oporto. I am especially pleased that the Primates will be exposed to the increased mission and ecumenical work that is essential to the future of Christianity in Europe in general."
Canon John L. Peterson, Secretary General of the Anglican Communion, as secretary to the meeting, said, "It is appropriate as this new millennium unfolds that the Primates are reflecting on the theme of Holiness and Hope. As we hear the Primates share their stories, the Communion has an opportunity to grow in understanding of what it means to be an Anglican Christian in a global church in 2000 and to live out its interdependence with increased vigor. Much time will be spent listening to each other."
During the course of the week the Primates will hear a presentation from Clare Short, UK Secretary of State for International Development, attend a civic reception, and visit a local Anglican Lusitanian Church congregation for Evensong.
The meeting continues until March 29.