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[Vatican Radio] The new director of Rome's Anglican Centre, former Archbishop of New Zealand* David Moxon was officially welcomed to his new post on Thursday at an ecumenical prayer service in Rome’s Oratory of St Francis Xavier, run by the Caravita international Catholic community.
Archbishop Moxon has extensive ecumenical experience and is currently co-chair of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission, or ARCIC, which recently held its third meeting in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro. He also serves as the Archbishop of Canterbury’s representative to the Holy See and will be officially installed by Archbishop Justin Welby who is expected to visit the Vatican later this year.
Philippa Hitchen caught up with Archbishop Moxon after his appointment to find out more about the challenges he’ll face during his new job in Rome…
"I think the next step for Anglican-Roman Catholic relations on the ground is what's called Receptive Ecumenism, which means listening to each other's worst nightmares in mission and assissting each other with those challenges. I hope we'll see justice, development, aid - that kind of missional activity - be a subject for both of us to talk about, where we're finding it difficult and where we need each other.
In my diocese of Hamilton in central North Island of New Zealand we've had exceptionally good relationships with the local Catholic diocese. We've been able to build a large Christian social service village together out of the old Catholic diocesan headquarters.....we have combind Ash Wednesday liturgies, Advent liturgies every year and we couldn't imagine life without them now. I'm hoping to recommend that kind of intimacy, proximity, friendship as not only desirable but achievable..."
[*Editor's note: David Moxon was one of three Primates of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand & Polynesia]