20 November sees the beginning of the celebrations for the 40th anniversary of the Anglican Centre in Rome. Celebratory events include the re-launching of the library on 20 November following its recent expansion (1,000 new volumes added, taking the total to 14,000). The evening will also see the presentation of two new books on Anglicanism: Anglicans in Rome by Fr Fred Bliss, former professor of ecumenism at the Angelicum University in Rome; and La riforma anglicana: storia ed evoluzione della Chiesa d'Inghilterra e della Comunione anglicana by Gino Patriarchi (in Italian).
Then on 24 November at 16.30 there will be a service of thanksgiving in S. Maria sopra Minerva with the archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and the Roman Catholic archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-OConnor. The programme will end on 26 November with a Eucharist for Anglicans from all over Italy at 15.00 at S. Sabina on the Aventine hill, led by the archbishop of Canterbury.
Until 24 November visitors to the Anglican Centre can also see an exhibition on the history of the centre Mon-Fri 09.00-11.30 and 14.00-16.30.
Founded in 1966, the Anglican centre aims to promote ecumenical dialogue between the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches. It is currently headed by the right reverend John Flack, who is the archbishop of Canterburys official representative to the Holy See. The centres library, devoted to the study of Anglicanism, contains books, journals and other published works on theology, history, ministry and mission, liturgy and literature.
The Anglican Centre is at Palazzo Doria Pamphilj, Piazza del Collegio Romano 2, tel. 066780302. For full details see www.anglicancentreinrome.org.