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Power of unity ‘impossible to exaggerate’, Archbishop tells Leadership Conference

Tuesday 5th May 2015

Archbishop Justin Welby and Cardinal Vincent Nichols spoke and prayed at major conference for Christian leaders in London.

Listen to the full interview on SoundCloud

Unity among Christians releases a power that is “impossible to exaggerate”, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby told the Leadership Conference 2015 at the Royal Albert Hall this morning.

The Archbishop was speaking during an on-stage interview with Nicky Gumbel, Vicar of HTB, alongside Cardinal Vincent Nichols, President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.

“The Church, when it is visibly united, speaks more powerfully to the world, by the grace of the Spirit of God, than we can ever begin to imagine,” Archbishop Justin said.

“We cripple our witness when we are not united. And we release a power of witness in the world - to who Jesus is, to hope, to life, for the poor, for people caught up in conflict and destruction – through our unity, that is impossible to exaggerate. That is the way that we will see the world brought face to face with Jesus Christ."

The Archbishop spoke of the “huge influence” Cardinal Nichols had had on him, and of Pope Francis’s “profound sense of global wisdom” and “deep commitment to human relationship, and above all relationship with the poor and those on the edge."

He also spoke of the “extraordinary experience” of having members of the international ecumenical foundation Chemin Neuf living at Lambeth Palace, and of the formation of the Community of St Anselm, where Christians aged 20-35 will be invited to live as a monastic-inspired community for twelve months.

The Community of St Anselm, he said, was “trying to live out, in practice, across the whole church – not just with Anglicans – the reality of joy and celebration and prayer, and meeting Christ and serving the poor and thinking about what it is to be a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ.”

At the end of the joint interview, Cardinal Nichols and Archbishop Justin each prayed.

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