South Africa welcomes Archbishop Justin
Thursday 3rd July 2014Archbishop Justin Welby arrives in South Africa for three-day visit with Anglican leaders and communities
The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby was greeted by children from a church choir when he arrived in Johannesburg yesterday to spend three days with Anglican leaders and communities.
Children from St Dunstan's Choir sang for Archbishop Justin and his wife, Caroline, as they arrived at OR Tambo International Airport, where they were met by the Archbishop of Cape Town Thabo Makgoba and his wife, Mrs Lungi Makgoba.
Archbishop Justin, who visited the Archbishop of Central Africa earlier this week, is spending three days in the Anglican province of southern Africa as part of a week-long visit to Anglican primates in the region.
The trip is part of Archbishop Justin's commitment to visit all of his fellow Primates of the Anglican Communion during his first 18 months in office.
Today the Archbishop will visit Alexandra township outside Johannesburg, where Nelson Mandela lived in 1941. The Archbishop will address the congregation St Michael and All Angels Church, before performing the Walk of Witness to the Mandela First residence in Johannesburg. He will also address the Anglican Ablaze conference in Brynston, and meet with a local Anglican youth group.
On Friday the Archbishop will travel to Mauritius to stay with the Primate of the Indian Ocean, Archbishop Ian Ernest. There he will visit a new Anglican-run hostel for people with mental health issues, the first of its kind in the country.
He will also attend 160th anniversary celebrations at St James’ Anglican Cathedral, where he will preach in French at a service to be attended by the President, the Prime Minister, and members of the Chemin Neuf community.