Pope Francis has become the first pope to visit an Anglican church in Rome.

Francis took part in an evening liturgy at All Saints’ Anglican Church and blessed an icon of Christ the Saviour to commemorate the parish’s 200th anniversary.

During a question-and-answer session with parishioners, the Pope said he and the Most Revd Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, were considering a joint visit to South Sudan.

He said a request had been made to them by the country’s Anglican, Catholic and Presbyterian bishops.

“And we are thinking about whether it can be done, if the situation is too difficult down there. But we must do it because they – the three [bishops] – together want peace and they are working together for peace,” he said.

In answering parishioners’ questions the Pope said that ecumenism was not a laboratory experiment focused on theology but a common journey.

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