Archbishop receives warm welcome in Pakistan
Wednesday 28th May 2014Archbishop Justin was warmly welcomed by United Church leaders in Pakistan yesterday on day one of his visit to the region.
The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby was warmly welcomed by United Church leaders in Pakistan yesterday on the first day of his week-long visit to fellow Primates in the region.
Accompanied by his wife, Caroline, the Archbishop spent time yesterday with the Bishop of Raiwind and Moderator of the Church of Pakistan, the Most Revd Samuel Robert Azariah, and other bishops, their spouses and other members of the Church.
He met the Governor of Punjab Mohammed Sarwar, who was previously Britain's first Muslim MP, along with other civic and political leaders.
In the evening Archbishop Justin was treated to a culture event staged by young people from the Church of Pakistan.
On leaving Pakistan the Archbishop will be traveling to meet the Moderators of the United Churches in Bangladesh and India.
The visit forms part of Archbishop Justin's plan to visit all his fellow Primates 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.