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Anglican leader visiting the Holy Land
Published Saturday 22/06/2013 (updated) 25/06/2013 10:51
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Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby at Westminster Abbey in
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LONDON (AFP) -- The leader of the world's Anglicans is to make a five-day visit to Egypt, Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Territories from Sunday, his office said.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, the spiritual leader of the Church of England, was to meet with religious leaders, visit holy sites and see community projects, said Lambeth Palace.

It will be his first visit to the Holy Land since his enthronement in March as leader of the world's 80 million Anglicans.

The trip comes after Welby visited Rome on June 14 and met with Pope Francis for the first time, amid efforts to reconcile Anglicans and Roman Catholics.

"Archbishop Justin is making this trip early in his ministry because of the significance of the region, the importance of the relationships that his office has there, and because he is keenly aware of the particular pressures on the region at the moment -- not least the devastating conflict in Syria, and its impact more widely," Lambeth Palace said in a statement.

In Jerusalem, he will visit the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and the Temple Mount, as well as Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial.

He will also meet with the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, patriarchs and church leaders.

He will be staying with Suheil Dawani, the Anglican bishop in Jerusalem, who will accompany him on all his visits there.

In Cairo, Welby will meet Pope Tawadros II, the head of Egypt's Coptic Church, and Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, the grand imam of Al-Azhar, the top Sunni Muslim authority.
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1 ) desertson / UK
23/06/2013 00:31
I hope he doesn't get shot at the western wall. They might think his robes look Arabic.

2 ) Muhhamad the pig / USA
23/06/2013 01:32
who gives a shit?

3 ) Supporter of Palestine / Palestine
23/06/2013 12:24
Rot in the Rabbinate. Perhaps it won't be such a good idea to visit the Chief Rabbi. Isn' he being investigation for bribery, theft, Monet laundering and breach of trust?

4 ) Sarah / the Netherlands
23/06/2013 16:17
Is he also visiting the Palestinian graveyards of the Palestinian holocaust? Our holocaust (jewish) lasted for 5 years, the Palestinian holocaust 65 years and counting.

5 ) Christian in Gaza / Palestine
23/06/2013 16:37
Is there any chance that he will come to gaza?He is more than welcome...

6 ) Libra - scales of justice / United Kingdom
23/06/2013 17:09
He should cancel his visit, religion and politics do not mix. And as another visitor will be shown the Yad Vashem memorial to get the guilt trip. Sarah of the Netherlands, I truly do not think he will be encouraged to visit the Palestinian holocaust. Why is he not visiting the West Bank and Gaza? Is it not on his itinerary? He will have been fed the Israeli propaganda, and therefore it will be off limits - not safe, etc., etc., The real reason he might see too much!

7 ) Mel / USA
23/06/2013 18:47
When he goes to the OCCUPIED territories,he sould recall how important Palestine is,not just to Jews & Muslims,but to Christians TOO,like American me! What Zionism does to Islam,it does to us ALL equally!Collective punishment,bitter persecution of pluralistic Palestinians,by Zionism,PUNISHES us all!If he's there to 'lobby' for religion & the one God,he's OBLIGED to walk the HARD path of ALL prophets & victims! He'll find them all,locked inside Gaza under Israeli drones & walled in,at apartheid West Bank!
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