I ORD FISHER of Lambeth, the first Archbishop of Canterbury to visit a Pope since the Reformation, died at Sherborne, Dorset, at the weekend after a stroke. He was 85.
After his retirement as Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Fisher was made Baron Fisher of Lambeth by Queen Elizabeth II, whom he had crowned, and at whose marriage he had officiated.
In a statement this week Cardinal Heenan said :
"Probably more than any other man, Dr. Fisher was responsible for the speed with which the ecumenical movement developed in the Catholic Church. because with great courage—and on his own initiative — he asked to be invited, to meet Pope John. It's : easy to forget now what the • retigio'its. im te like tit 2 that time. Dr. -FiSher. risked' Much hostility from Protestantsbut in the event the meeting was a brilliant success and opened the way to the even more cordial visits of Dr. Ramsey to Pope Paul. We pray for the repose of his soul." (An appreciation—see page 4.)