From the Joshua J. McElwee, National Catholic Reporter
A group of 16 prominent Anglican and Catholic theologians met for five days last week in Canterbury, England, to continue a set of informal dialogues between the two churches.
Although not officially sanctioned by either denomination, the gathering, known as the "Malines Conversations Group," has support from both the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Christian Unity and Anglican officials in London.
At one point last week, the 16 were received together at the Anglican church's London headquarters at Lambeth Palace where they met with both Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury and head of the Anglican Communion, and Vincent Nichols, the cardinal archbishop of the Catholic archdiocese of Westminster.
Nichols and Welby told the group, which had been meeting on the theme "Memory, Identity, and Difference,” they are serving as a "laboratory" for efforts of dialogue between the two churches, according to a release from the group about the meeting.
Welby, the group said in the release, focused his remarks on "the importance of pilgrimage in our ecumenical relations."
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