Religion: Historic Stopover

On his way to New Delhi for the Third General Assembly of the World Council of Churches, the Most Rev. Arthur C. Lichtenberger, Presiding Bishop of the U.S. Protestant Episcopal Church, made a historic stopover in Rome for an audience with Pope John XXIII. The bishop's visit, arranged through the Vatican's Secretariat for Promoting Christian Unity, was the first meeting of a U.S. Episcopal chief prelate and a Pope (though it followed by almost a year an ice-breaking Anglican audience, that with Geoffrey Fisher, then Archbishop of Canterbury).

The stopover had even more significance in the context of Bishop Lichtenberger's journey. This...

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