On Monday, 2 October 2023, the Secretary General of the Anglican Communion, the Right Revd Anthony Poggo, visited the offices of the Dicastery for Promoting Christian Unity for the first time since taking office. Bishop Poggo was previously the Bishop of Kajo-Keji in the Episcopal Church of South Sudan. The Secretary General is the chief administrative officer of the worldwide Anglican Communion, based in the Anglican Communion Office (ACO) in London, serving what are known as the four “Instruments of Communion”: the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Primates’ Meeting, the Anglican Consultative Council, and the Lambeth Conference.
Bishop Poggo was accompanied on his visit by the Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome (ACR), Archbishop Ian Ernest, as well as by Revd James Linthicum, Assistant Priest at the ACR, and Ms Grace Barlow, Director of Administration at the ACO. The group was welcomed by the Secretary of the Dicastery for Promoting Christian Unity, Bishop Brian Farrell, along with Fr Martin Browne OSB, Official responsible for Anglican Communion affairs. During their meeting, they discussed a number of matters of common concern, including the summit meeting of the International Anglican-Roman Catholic Commission for Unity and Mission (IARCCUM), scheduled to take place in Rome and Canterbury in January 2024, as well as the next Anglican Communion Primates Meeting’, due to be held in Rome at the end of April 2024.