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Archbishop - greetings and prayers for new Pope

Tuesday 19th April 2005

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has offered his best wishes and prayers for Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger on his election as successor to Pope John Paul II.

Dr Williams said: "We wish Pope Benedict XVI every blessing in the immense responsibilities he is about to assume on behalf of Roman Catholics round the world.

"His election is also of great significance to Christians everywhere. I look forward to meeting him and working together to build on the legacy of his predecessor, as we seek to promote shared understanding between our churches in the service of the Gospel and the goal of Christian unity.

"He is a theologian of great stature, who has written some profound reflections on the nature of God and the church. His choice of the name Benedict suggests that he wants to connect his vision of the Church to the monastic spirit of service and contemplation.

"He will be in much in our prayers in the days and weeks ahead."

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