From the Rt Revd John Flack
Sir, — Your excellent coverage of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s visit to Rome last week did not mention one of the chief reasons for the visit: the 40th anniversary of the Anglican Centre in Rome.
The Centre was founded in 1966 after the momentous occasion when Pope Paul VI presented Archbishop Michael Ramsey with a papal ring, the ring Dr Williams wore during his visit to Rome last week.
For the past 40 years, the Centre has been responsible for fostering day-to-day relations with the Holy See. We promote dialogue at every level, maintain the largest Anglican library on the European mainland, and welcome more than 1000 visitors to the Centre every year. Many of them come to study on one of our educational courses, or to visit Rome’s holy places on a parish pilgrimage. We are the only global Christian communion that maintains an “embassy” in Rome.
The Anglican Centre in Rome has been well served by its staff over the past 40 years, and the present Archbishop recognised this when he presented Marcella Menna with the Cross of St Augustine during his visit. Marcella has worked as a translator and librarian at the Centre since leaving university in 1985.
We look forward to another 40 years of service to the worldwide Christian family.
Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome and the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Representative to the Holy See
Palazzo Doria Pamphilj
Piazza del Collegio Romano 2
00186 Roma, Italia