FiNALplans for the Archbishop of Canterbury's visit to the Pope on March 23 were drawn up in London this week. Two senior officials of the Secretariat for Christian Unity — Archbishop Willebrands, secretary, and Mgr. Arrighi, under-secretary—flew from Rome to discuss the plans with the Archbishop and his officials. The Roman visitors were guests at Lambeth Palace.
Among the details to be settled are the form of the Pope's return visit to Archbishop Ramsey in Rome and the holding of an ecumenical service in which the Pope and the Archbishop will take part.
Reports that this ecumenical service is to be held in an Anglican Church in Rome are not confirmed in London. A spokes. man for Lambeth Palace said that they had heard nothing official about the idea.
Canon John Findlow, the Anglican liaison officer in Rome, came to London for the talks. The final plans will be submitted to the Vatican for confirmation.
For the first time since he received the Red Hat a year ago Cardinal Heenan will return to his former See of Liverpool next Friday. He will preach in the cathedral crypt at the consecration of the Rt. Rev. Augustine Harris as the new auxiliary bishop on the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. The consecrator will be Archbishop Beck, assisted by the Archbishop of Cardiff and the Bishop of Salford. Eight other bishops will be present.
The Bishop-elect has been named Bishop of Soda in partibus infidelium, formerly a See in Mauretania, North Africa. The Mass of consecration will be concelebrated with the Bishop of Lancaster, the Seminary Rector, the Cathedral Chapter Provost and representatives of the secular and regular clergy.
Fr. Charles Davis, Professor of Dogmatic Theology at Heythrop College, Oxon, is giving a series of lectures on "Secular World and Christian Order" at King's College, London. It is the first time that a Catholic has given these lectures, which conclude on February 8.
The series, honouring F. D. Maurice, a 19th century Anglican theologian, in the past have included speakers like Archbishop Ramsey and the Anglican theologian A. R. V idler.
For the first time since the Reformation, a Dominican priest is to preach at St. Mary's Anglican Church, Guildford, Surrey, on Sunday. Fr. Simon Blake, O.P., of St. Dominic's Priory, London, will address Evensong following a candlelight procession in the ancient church. He has been invited to take part by the Rector, the Rev. Michael Hocking.
Bishop Worlock, of Portsmouth began visiting deaneries in his diocese this week to discuss the second Vatican Council. His "two-way" dialogue commenced on Tuesday at the Cathedral Deanery. On Thursday he visited Winchester and next week plans to call at Southampton, East Berkshire and the Isle of Wight.
He is hoping to complete his tour of Hampshire and Berkshire by the end of the month and then go on to the Channel Islands.
Dominican Abbot Butler of Downside, Mr. Neil Middleton and Dr. Ruth Slade will discuss "What has the Vatican Council achieved and how will it affect the general public?" over ITV's "About Religion" on Sunday at 6.35 p.m.
Spanish vesper music of the 17th century will be performed for the first time in Brtiain by the Scuola di Chiesa and the London Boy Singers at 3.30 p.m. on Sunday at the French Church, Leicester Square. The vespers were written by Juan Cereals, a monk of Montserrat Abbey.