An archive image of Pope Benedict with Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams
Pope Benedict and the Archbishop of Canterbury met and prayed together on Saturday but made only glancing references to the divisions between their Churches, said a report on blog.reuters.com.
Archbishop Rowan Williams spoke of the "certain but imperfect" link between the two Christian traditions during his address to the congregation at a joint service at the church of St Gregory the Great near Rome's Colosseum.
The 84-year-old pontiff, who earlier held a private meeting with the archbishop at the Vatican, urged all Christians to "renew their commitment to pray constantly and to work for unity" at the same service.
Past popes and Anglican leaders have been much more outspoken about their differences – over issues ranging from women priests and homosexuality to church doctrine – during their meetings.
The fact that none of them were addressed publicly on Saturday will be seen as a sign by many of just how entrenched those differences have become.
Pope Benedict and Archbishop Rowan Williams pray together but skirt problems (blog.reuters.com)