The Legacy of the ‘Malines Conversations,’ One Century Later| National Catholic Register

The history of ecumenism marks the 100-year anniversary of the so-called “Malines Conversation,” which saw the holding of an unprecedented series of encounters between Catholic and Anglican representatives in the Belgian Archdiocese of Malines (Mechelen) from 1921 to 1927.   One century after the opening of this historic dialogue, the ambassadors of the United Kingdom and Belgium to the Holy See — Sally Axworthy and Patrick Renault — convened several leaders of both churches in Rome on June 11, to discuss the conversations’ impact and legacy and the future of ecumenism.  The Malines Conversations took place in a Europe that the First World War had left bloody and wounded. On this heap of wartime ruins, some Christian authorities of the time sought to bring a common horizon to the foreground. 

The Legacy of the ‘Malines Conversations,’ One Century Later| National Catholic Register

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