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Great Lakes Archbishops welcomed to Lambeth Palace

Friday 13th June 2014

Archbishops pray for progress in Great Lakes peace initiative

Archbishop Justin with (from left), the Most Revd Bernard Ntahoturi; the Most Revd Henri Isingoma; and the Most Revd Onesphore Rwaje.

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby welcomed the Archbishops of Rwanda, Burundi and Congo to Lambeth Palace yesterday.

The Great Lakes Archbishops – the Most Revd Bernard Ntahoturi of Burundi; the Most Revd Henri Isingoma of Congo; and the Most Revd Onesphore Rwaje of Rwanda – were in London attending the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict.

The Archbishops attended Eucharist in the Lambeth Palace Crypt Chapel and then had lunch with Archbishop Justin, where they discussed the next steps in the Great Lakes Peace Initiative.

The campaign brings together Roman Catholic and Anglican leaders from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Burundi and Rwanda to encourage a grass-roots movement for peace in the Great Lakes region, which for decades has been affected by armed conflicts and humanitarian crisis, along with tensions over natural resources.

Archbishop Justin has commended the vision of the Great Lakes Peace Initiative to work for peace and reconciliation across the communities of the three countries.

Reflecting on the meeting, he said: "Every time I meet Archbishops Henri, Bernard and Onesphore I once more feel humbled by how much they do with so little. Their work is effective and focused and builds on every resource of their church. We praise God for them and we pray for progress in the Great Lakes Peace Initiative."

Archbishop Justin visited the Anglican churches in Burundi, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo earlier this year.

Read more:

Archbishop praises 'inspirational' Great Lakes peace initiative (19 May 2014)

Archbishops support Great Lakes peace campaign (1 December 2013)


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