'Celebration of Faith'
After his meeting with Religious at Digby Stuart College, the Pope
flew by helicopter to Canterbury.
Here he had an informal meeting with Prince Charles before taking
part in an ecumenical
'Celebration of Faith' in Canterbury Cathedral.
Pope John Paul entered the Cathedral with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr
Together they knelt in prayer before the nave altar.
They greeted each other with a sign of peace and the Archbishop of
Canterbury welcomed the Pope.
They then moved to the high altar where they kissed the Canterbury
Gospels (a gift from Pope St Gregory the Great
to St Augustine). The Gospels were placed on the Chair of St
Augustine, the first Archbishop of Canterbury.
The Pope's homily at Canterbury Cathedral from
the Vatican website
The Pope and the Archbishop of Canterbury gave the blessing together
and then knelt in silent prayer
at the site of the martyrdom of St Thomas a Becket.
After the service the Pope joined a dozen members of the British
Council of Churches
for conversation at the home of the Dean of Canterbury.
The Pope's address at his meeting with Church
Leaders at Canterbury from the Vatican website
The Pope and the Archbishop of Canterbury signed a Common
Declaration, sitting together at a table
in the Deanery Garden.
Text of the Common Declaration from the