Catholics and Protestants unite over Richard III funeral

Richard III died before the Reformation, but Leicester Cathedral, where the king will be buried, is staunchly Anglican, facts which should have produced strife. The funeral of a king, however, has brought the two faiths together to offer Richard III a burial "with the dignity befitting his rank."

The funeral, in March 2015, will bring together the Church of England's Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and the Catholic Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols who will share the altar. “The presence of the Cardinal marks the historical continuity between the Catholic faith in this country and the Church of England,” said The Right Reverend Tim Stevens, Bishop of Leicester. “The presence of both Archbishops is a sign of the close partnership between our two Churches in burying King Richard with dignity and honor."