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Archbishop visits New York to speak on economic inequality

Thursday 22nd January 2015

Watch Archbishop Justin ringing the Bell of Hope in NYC for terror victims in France and Nigeria

The Archbishop of Canterbury arrived in New York yesterday for a series of events on economic inequality and the common good convened by Trinity Church Wall Street.

Yesterday evening Archbishop Justin spoke to a group of young seminarians and college students who had gathered in Downtown New York to reflect on the common good.

This morning he spoke on the same theme to faith, government and business leaders at an off-record breakfast roundtable at St Paul’s Chapel, part of the parish of Trinity Wall Street.

Afterwards he went to St Paul’s churchyard to ring the Bell of Hope, which the Mayor of London presented to New York City on the first anniversary of 9/11. The bell is rung when world events call for solidarity with victims of terrorism:

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The Rector of Trinity Wall Street, the French and Nigerian Consul Generals in New York, and Archbishop Justin each rung the bell five times. The Archbishop then led the assembled crowd in a prayer for those in France and Nigeria who have suffered recent atrocities.

This evening Archbishop Justin will preach at Evensong at Trinity Church, and on Friday, he will speak at the Trinity Institute 2015 conference on ‘Creating the Common Good’, addressing the question: Is Inequality Sinful?

The conference speeches will be live streamed and available to view afterwards. The text of the Archbishop’s address will be published on this website shortly after delivery.



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