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Thousands greet Archbishop on final day of prayer pilgrimage

Tuesday 19th March 2013

Crowds lined the streets of Chichester to welcome Archbishop Justin, who will be enthroned in Canterbury this week.

Archbishop Justin greets crowds in Chichester today

Thousands of people flocked to see Archbishop Justin in Chichester today for the final stop on his journey in prayer. 

Officials from Chichester Cathedral said 3,000 people were present to see the Archbishop of Canterbury, who will be enthroned in Canterbury this Thursday

From 11.45am he walked from the Market Cross to the Chichester Cathedral along West Street, stopping regularly to speak to people.

The Archbishop said visiting the city and its cathedral was a "real treat" as he was not too familiar with the area.

In an interview with the BBC, the Archbishop said he is praying for those "really let down" let down by the church in the Diocese of Chichester. 

In February Robert Coles, a retired priest from Eastbourne, was jailed for eight years for abusing three boys between 1978 and 1984.

Archbishop Justin spent the rest of the afternoon in the cathedral, speaking with people and leading hourly daily prayer sessions.

Click here to see more pictures of Archbishop Justin's prayer pilgrimage in Chichester. 

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