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Archbishop ‘moved to tears’ to welcome Archbishop Ignatius Kattey to Lambeth Palace

Friday 4th October 2013

Archbishop Justin said he 'rejoiced' to meet with Archbishop Ignatius Kattey and his wife after they were freed by Nigerian kidnappers

Archbishop Kattey, who is Dean and Archbishop of the Niger Delta Province, was kidnapped on 6 September near his residence in the southern city of Port Harcourt.

His wife, Beatrice, was seized at the same time and released hours later, but Archbishop Kattey was held for more than a week. 

Archbishop Kattey said he had come to Lambeth Palace to thank Archbishop Justin for calling on the church to pray for his release, and to express his thanks to those in the Church of England and the Anglican Communion for their prayers.

‘They prove that God answers prayers’, he said. 

Staff lined the main staircase at Lambeth Palace to applaud the Archbishop and Mrs Kattey when they arrived yesterday morning.

During the visit Archbishop Kattey and his wife had tea with Archbishop Justin, after which they shared the Eucharist. 

Speaking after the visit, Archbishop Justin said: ‘I was moved to tears to be able to welcome Archbishop Kattey and Mrs Kattey to Lambeth Palace after their ordeal, and to share Communion with us and all the staff.

'We rejoice at the love and grace of God which has renewed them in their freedom.’

Archbishop Kattey and Mrs Kattey were accompanied by their daughter, Josephine; Archdeacon John Chukwuemeka Adubasim, from the Diocese of Niger Delta North, and Canon Ben Enwuchola, Chaplain to the Nigerian Congregation in London.




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