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Malines (Mechelen) Conversations
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The Malines Conversations were a total of five meetings between three or five representatives of the Roman Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion (Anglican Church) that took place between 1921 and 1926 in Mechelen (Malines) at the initiative of Lord Charles Lindley Wood Halifax (1839–1934) and Abbé Fernard Portal (1855–1926), under the leadership of the Belgian cardinal archbishop Desiré J. Mercier (1851–1926). In large measure, the conversations were a response to the decision of Pope Leo XIII to reject the validity of Anglican ministry from the pers…

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Kleinschwärzer-Meister, Birgitta, “Malines (Mechelen) Conversations”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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