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Archbishop urges United Church leaders in India: ‘Be ambassadors of reconciliation’

Tuesday 3rd June 2014

Reconciliation is "the only way" to tackle social issues, says Archbishop during visit to United Church leaders in India.

Archbishop Justin Welby and his wife, Caroline, pay respects at Raj Ghat in Delhi, 31 May 2014.

Archbishop Justin Welby told Anglican bishops of the Church of South India Synod in Chennai yesterday they must be "ambassadors of reconciliation" as they seek to address India's social challenges. 

“Reconciliation is what we need. You must be ambassadors of reconciliation and that is only way in which social issues that this country faces can be overcome,” Archbishop Justin said. 

Archbishop Justin leaves India today after a four days spent with United Church leaders in the north and south of the country - the final leg of a week-long visit to fellow Primates of the Anglican Communion in Pakistan, Bangladesh and India. He has been accompanied throughout by his wife Caroline. 

The visit forms part of Archbishop Justin's plan to visit every primate around the Anglican Communion during his first 18 months in office. 

The India leg of the trip began on Saturday when the Archbishop arrived in Delhi, where he spent two days at the invitation of the Moderator of the Church of North India (CNI), the Most Revd Dr P P Marandih.

In Delhi the Archbishop visited Raj Gaht, the memorial to Mahatma Gandi, and India Gate, the country's war memorial, to pay his respects. He also met with met with church leaders to hear about the work of the CNI, and preached on the Ascension at Delhi's St James Church. 

Yesterday the Archbishop travelled south to Chennai to visit the Moderator of the Church of South India (CSI), the Most Revd Dr Govada Dyvasirvadam. During two days in the city the Archbishop addressed CSI bishops and heard about their work, and celebrated the Eucharist at Chennai's St George's Cathedral. 

Archbishop Justin plans to visit all his fellow Primates around the Anglican Communion during his first 18 months in office. His aim 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.

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