By Odogwu Emeka Odogwu
The Anglican Centre in Rome is the permanent Anglican Communion presence in Rome. It is the living reality of the Anglican Communion's commitment to the full, visible unity of the Church, working collaboratively with all Christians for justice and peace in the world. It is also the base of the Archbishop of Canterbury's Personal Representative to the Holy See, who is also the Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome. He liaises between Pope Francis and Archbishop Welby and works with the Anglican Communion and Vatican bodies on joint projects for education, ecumenism, and shared mission.
The Centre was integral to the establishment of a multi-faith anti-slavery network, working to combat human trafficking, engaging with churches and agencies in Italy. This year the Centre received a Lampedusa Cross, made from a boat which sank off Lampedusa Island in the Mediterranean, which lies on the altar of our chapel reminding us of people who are displaced.
The Centre works closely with the Catholic lay community, St. Egidio, in Rome, who minister to the poor and disadvantaged, and is helping facilitate a similar mission in England. The Centre seeks to bring down barriers of misunderstanding between Anglicans and Catholics; hosting scholars, art exhibitions, specialized courses, creating a space for hospitality and encounter. It also encourages choirs from around the Anglican Communion to come to Rome to celebrate the Anglican choral tradition in the Eternal City.