Anglican Bishop of London Greets Pope Francis


Pope Francis I

Dear Friends,

I received the news about the election of the Pope and his chosen name of Francis with great hope and joy. That he wants to be addressed as Bishop of Rome is another hopeful sign.

I have today sent a message to him assuring him of our prayers and that we would be specially commending him to God’s grace and blessing at the services in St Paul’s Cathedral tomorrow.

The Pope is the only Christian leader who can convene the whole world of faiths and what he says is still quickly communicated around the globe. The meeting which John Paul II organised in Assisi, the city of Francis, was powerful evidence of this.


A Christian community reaching out to allies throughout the world in defence of our fragile earth; on behalf of the poor and in the cause of justice would indeed be a blessing.

With thanks for our partnership in the Gospel.

The Rt Revd & Rt Hon Richard Chartres KCVO DD FSA


A message of brotherly love and hope – from a Church of England bishop (+Richard Chartres, Londinium) to the newly-elected Pope Francis I.- offering prayers and support in his new ministry to the Church and the world. I think that many of us would echo these prayers for the Pope, that God will richly bless his work as Chief Pastor of our Roman Catholic Sisters and Brothers.

Ad Multos Annos! May God’s Little One’s be blessed through him.

Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand





About kiwianglo

Retired Anglican priest, living in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ardent supporter of LGBT Community, and blogger on 'Thinking Anglicans UK' site. Theology: liberal, Anglo-Catholic & traditional. regarding each person as a unique expression of Christ, and therefore lovable.
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