FROM ALAN McELWAIN ROME, Thursday.
THE Anglican Centre in Rome, blessed last year by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Ramsey, during his visit to Pope Paul, was formally opened yesterday.
The centre, in the famous Doria Palace in the heart of Rome, will make it possible for Catholics to obtain first-hand information about the Anglican Church and generally to have contact with Anglicanism within the ecumenical framework.
It will carry a well-stocked library of books and other publications on Anglican affairs. Canon John Findlow, the Archbishop of Canterbury's always-helpful representative to the Holy See will be in direct control.
At the opening ceremony Bishop John Willebrands, Secretary of the Vatican Secretariat for the Promotion of Christian Unity, spoke on the significance of Dr. Ramsey's visit to the Pope.
Among notable Anglicans in Rome for the occasion were the Bishop of Ripon, Dr. M o orman, Bishop Ralph Dean, An
DIL "ORMAN cutive officer in London, and Canon John Satterthwaite, general secretary of the Church of England Committee on Foreign Affairs.
The American Episcopalian Church was represented by Bishop Donald Hallock, of Milwaukee, Canon Ralph Latimer came from Toronto, and the Archdeacon of Dublin, the Ven. Raymond Jenkins, represented the Protestant Archbishop of Ireland. The Rev. Philip Jones, chaplain at London House, Bloomsbury, represented the vicar of All Saints Anglican Church in Rome, Archdeacon Douglas Wanstall, who is at present in London.
CARDINAL HEENAN in giving the sermon at the Red Mass in WestminsterCathedral on Monday said that judges and lawyers, like priests, were engaged in delicate work because their words and actions affected men's lives. "They need a humility which teaches them to rely not only on their human wisdom and experience but also on the guidance of the Holy Spirit."
The Mass marked the opening of the Michaelmas Law Term and was attended by Catholic Judges and barristers.
Picture shows (left to right) the Rt. Hon. Lord Justice Russell, Mr. Justice Lawton, Mr. Justice Brabin, Mr. Justice Milmo, Mr. Justice Cusask and Mr. Justice O'Connor.
Papal warning on vernacular Office
POPE PAUL has warned superiors of religious orders a n d congregations against attempts to introduce the vernacular into the Divine Office. In a letter to them he stressed that the Church's "official" music, Georgian Chant, must be preserved with the familiar Latin texts.
"The teaching of Latin," the Pope said, "should not present an insuperable obstacle to those who, relieved from the distractions of the world, can devote themselves completely to its study. "If this language, noble, universal and admirable for its spiritual vigour, if the Gregorian Chant that comes from the depths of the human soul, if these two things be remodelled, then the choir will become like an extinguished candle which no longer illuminates or attracts the attention of the minds of men."