Ecumenical services have been praised by Catholics and Anglicans in Perth as intimate witnesses to the common faith in the one Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ who gave His life on the Cross for our salvation.

Catholic and Anglican youth took turns carrying the Cross in the Stations of the Cross on the streets of Bayswater, Perth, Australia on Good Friday Apr. 2. The ecumenical service, organised by both St. Columba Catholic Church and St. Augustine Anglican Church drew hundreds of Catholics and Anglicans, who walked, sang and prayed together.

As a traditional practice among followers of the Roman Catholic and Anglican faiths, the Stations of the Cross allows Christians to have a spiritual walk with Jesus, taking them back to the events surrounding his prosecution, crucifixion, death and resurrection.

Father Minh Thuy Nguyen, the parish priest of St. Columba’s, said he and his Anglican counterpart Reverend Kate Wilmot organized the ecumenical Stations of the Cross "to bear witness to our common hope and to give their parishioners a chance to sing together the beautiful and inviting sound of the word of God.”

Stations of the Cross "is a blessing for us until we join again", said Reverend Wilmot at the end of the service.

The service started at the Anglican church and ended at the Catholic Church, where Catholic and Anglican attendees received their blessing from the Catholic and Anglican pastors.

Ecumenical Stations of the Cross Good Friday Service at Bayswater, an initiative of Catholic Fr. Huynh Nguyen and his Anglican counterpart, Fr. Peter Manuel, four years ago, was warm welcomed by members of both the communities who believed that by walking and praying together, they could show people they confess the one faith, and keep the fraternal harmony of the family of God.

There have been great news on the moves of Anglicans to union with Catholic Church. In Februrary, by a unanimous vote, the Anglo-Catholic group Forward in Faith Australia established a working party guided by a Catholic bishop to explore how its followers can convert to Roman Catholicism.

Two weeks ago, a total of four bishops, 40 priests and thousands of parishioners from the Australian Traditional Anglican Communion announced that they would petition the Vatican by Easter to be received into the Church.

Archbishop John Hepworth of Adelaide, primate of the TAC, said 26 parishes in Western Australia, Tasmania, NSW, Victoria, far north Queensland and South Australia hoped to be united with Rome by the end of the year, The Australian reported.

The news came few days after the leaders of the Traditional Anglican Communion in Canada had sent a letter to Pope Benedict XVI formally requesting union. With approximately 60 bishops, the Traditional Anglican Communion has parishes in 13 ecclesial provinces across Canada, the Catholic News Agency has reported.

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