Archbishop Justin praises Mexican Anglicans for helping 'those most marginalised' by poverty
Thursday 15th August 2013
Archbishop Justin has praised the Anglican Church in Mexico for its work with “some of those most marginalised by poverty and insecurity”.
During a two-day visit this week, Archbishop said Anglicans in Mexico are contributing to “the witness of the Anglican Communion as a whole on global challenges such as food security, sustainable development and climate change.”
The Most Revd Justin Welby was the first serving Archbishop of Canterbury to visit Mexico.
His stay concluded a week-long visit to Anglican Primates in the region which has included Barbados and Guatemala.
Travelling with his wife, Caroline Welby, the Archbishop was visiting Mexico at the invitation of its new Primate, the Most Revd Francisco Moreno.
Arriving in Monterrey, Northern Mexico on Tuesday, he said: “I thank God for this opportunity to visit Mexico, to see something of this great nation and to share fellowship with my brothers and sisters of the Anglican Church of Mexico.”
Congratulating Archbishop Francisco on his new appointment, he added: “I look forward to meeting many of our Mexican clergy and people, and to seeing the church’s work in action among some of those most marginalised by poverty and insecurity.”
Over two days the Archbishop preached at a celebration of the Eucharist in Monterrey, and visited the Community of St Jude in Juarez in the State of Nuevo Leon.
As the first Archbishop of Canterbury to visit Mexico, Archbishop Justin said he wished to express “special appreciation of the witness to Jesus Christ of La Iglesia Anglicana de Mexico, and of its participation in the witness of the Anglican Communion as a whole on global challenges such as food security, sustainable development and climate change.”
During his first 18 months in office, the Archbishop plans to visit all of his fellow Primates around the Anglican Communion. His desire is to build personal and professional bonds, understand the Primates’ work in its local context, and lay foundations for collaboration over the coming years.