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Archbishop meets Mission to Seafarers

Monday 30th September 2013

The Archbishop of Canterbury met a group of bishops who work closely with the Mission to Seafarers at Lambeth Palace last Thursday, on World Maritime Day.

Credit: Adam Hollingworth/Mission to Seafarers

Founded in 1856, the Mission to Seafarers is a registered charity that offers emergency assistance, practical support, and a friendly welcome to crews visiting 260 ports in 71 countries.

Archbishop Justin had tea with the group of “liaison bishops” from around the world who are a point of contact between the Mission to Seafarers and the wider church. The new General Secretary of the Mission to Seafarers, the Revd Andrew Wright, was also present. The liaison bishops, who were in the UK attending a week-long conference, ensure that the Mission’s team of chaplaincy staff and volunteers receive effective support on the ground.

Archbishop Justin spoke with the bishops about the pressures faced by the shipping industry, and the difficulties seafarers have encountered since the 2008 financial crisis. He commended the Mission to Seafarers for being on the “frontline” of helping seafarers, and said that the organisation’s work was “sorely needed”.

The Archbishop and the bishops also discussed the theology of mission to the seafaring community and the Mission's social role, among other topics.

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Credit: Adam Hollingworth/Mission to Seafarers

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