VATICAN CITY, FEB. 3, 2011 (Zenit.org).- The Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC) is opening a new phase of dialogue with a meeting scheduled for May 17-27.
A communiqué from the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity noted that this new phase of work was mandated by Benedict XVI and the Anglican archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, at their meeting in November 2009.
The first meeting of the new phase of the commission will take place at the Monastery of Bose in northern Italy.
The communiqué noted that "the task of this third phase of ARCIC will be to consider fundamental questions regarding the ‘Church as Communion — Local and Universal,’ and ‘How in Communion the Local and Universal Church Comes to Discern Right Ethical Teaching.’"
It added that "these interrelated topics emerged from the Common Declaration of the Pope and the archbishop of Canterbury."