Archbishop of Canterbury names new Representative to the Holy See

 — Dec. 10, 200710 déc. 2007

[ACNS 4350 • December 10, 2007] The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, and the governors of the Anglican Centre in Rome are delighted to announce the appointment of the Very Revd David Richardson as the Archbishop’s Representative to the Holy See and Director of the Centre. David Richardson is Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne Australia and was previously Dean of St Peter’s Cathedral, Adelaide. David Richardson succeeds the Right Reverend John Flack, former Suffragan Bishop of Huntingdon, as the Archbishop of Canterbury’s personal representative in the Holy See. Bishop John retires in February. David Richardson will take up his appointment after Easter.

Dr Williams congratulated David Richardson on his appointment: “I am delighted that someone of David Richardson’s stature will be carrying forward the much-valued work of his predecessor, Bishop John Flack. His role at this important time builds on four decades of dialogue between Anglicans and Roman Catholics. It will be exercised in the context of the ‘many area of witness and service’ which call for ‘closer co-operation between us’, as Pope Benedict and I affirmed in our Common Declaration last year.”

David Richardson responded saying “I am delighted to accept this appointment and honoured that the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Governors of the Anglican Centre have placed this trust in me.

I am also very pleased that this means the Anglican Church of Australia is able to be represented at this key level of the vitally important area of ecumenism.

Archbishop Rowan and Pope Benedict are two of the great spiritual and intellectual visionaries of our time – men of profound intelligence, learning and holiness – and I am looking forward very much to doing whatever I can in this position to work with the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and Lambeth Palace in the cause of the Gospel and our shared ecumenical endeavour. I am also looking forward to promoting through the work of the Anglican Centre mutual understanding at every level, particularly in areas of divergent views, and to strengthening the bonds of affection and trust between our two communions.

For the complete news report and a biography of David Richardson, please see the ACNS website.

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