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Archbishop Justin in Burundi: Anglican Church of Burundi offers 'inspiring vision'

Saturday 1st February 2014

The Anglican Church of Burundi offers 'an inspiring vision' of rebuilding the country and its communities, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said last night on arriving in the Burundian capital Bujumbura.


Archbishop Justin is visiting Archbishop Bernard Ntahoturi (right) and other bishops of the Anglican Church of Burundi. During his visit he will preach at Bujumbura's Holy Trinity Cathedral.

The Archbishop, accompanied by his wife, Caroline, is currently on a five-day visit to South Sudan, Burundi, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo to meet with fellow Primates of the Anglican Communion. 

The trip is part of Archbishop Justin’s plan to visit all of his fellow archbishops around the Anglican Communion during his first 18 months in office. His desire is to express solidarity, build personal and professional bonds, understand the Primates’ work in their local contexts, and lay foundations for good collaboration over the coming years.

Arriving in Bujumbura last night Archbishop Justin said: “I am delighted to be visiting Burundi with my wife, Caroline, at the invitation of Archbishop Bernard Ntahoturi. The Anglican Church of Burundi sets before its people an inspiring vision of what can be achieved with the rebuilding of the country and the rebuilding of communities. We are committed to working with you for the long-term stability of the nation to enable real development to take place.”    

Speaking in the South Sudanese captial Juba yesterday, Archbishop Justin joined the call from South Sudanese church leaders for an end to violence in the country, and for healing and reconciliation.

The Archbishop added: "The one thing I’ve learned over many, many years of working in conflicts is that reconciliation is done by the people locally – outsiders do not understand enough; but what we can do, and we promise to do, is to accompany and support those like [Archbishop Bishop Daniel Deng Bul] who are leading the reconciliation locally.” 

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