A Day Conference, 10-30 am to 4 pm at Westminster Cathedral Hall to celebrate the influence of Christians' "spiritual emulation" of each other, the influence of prayer for unity on the life of the churches, and the real advances in ecumenism through living in the "Invisible Monastery".
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Saturday 22 March
Sunday 23 March
Pastor Conrad Reiser, President of the World Council of Churches, and Cardinal Walter Kasper, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, were invited to preside jointly at this weekend of celebrations.
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The Fiftieth Anniversary of the Death of Paul Couturier
The Abbé was specially commemorated at Sung Mass at 5-30 pm at Westminster Cathedral on the Vigil of the Solemnity of the Annunciation of our Lord. Bishop Alan Hopes, Vicar General of the archdiocese, presided and read a letter of greeting and commendation of the Abbé's prayer and work. The Archbishop of Canterbury was represented by Canon Jonathan Gough. Others present included Dr Martin Conway, president of the Society for Ecumenical Studies, Mr David Carter, of the International Methodist-Orthodox Commission, The Revd Philip Gray, director of the Catholic League, Prebendary Brooke Lunn editor of The Messenger, Sister Mary Michael CHC of Rempstone, Dr Timothy Watson and Deacon Dominique Ferry of the Communauté du Chemin Neuf, Fr Michael Seed SA, ecumenical officer for the Archbishop of Westminster. This was also the eve of the Centenary of the opening of Westminster Cathedral in 1903.
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There followed a Reception and an address on The Life and Vision of Paul Couturier by Dr Timothy Watson of the University of Newcastle and a member of the Chemin Neuf Community. Click here for details of the commemorative book about Paul Couturier and the events in 2003.