Archbishop to visit home of London bombers - news from ekklesia

By staff writers
February 21, 2006

Archbishop to visit home of London bombers

-21/02/06

The Archbishop of York will today visit Muslim leaders in Beeston, which was home to the London suicide bombers.

John Sentamu will visit faith leaders at a Muslim-based community centre close to where one of the bombers lived.

Britain's first black archbishop will make his first official visit to the Ripon and Leeds diocese since taking up his post in the Church of England at the end of last year.

The visit will be hosted by the Archdeacon of Leeds, Peter Burrows, who will accompany the Archbishop throughout his tour of Leeds.

Mr Burrows said: "This is an opportunity for Dr Sentamu to learn something of the Leeds part of this varied and complex diocese, and of the churchís work in its many different aspects.

"He will be seeing both the challenges and the considerable opportunities for the church in Leeds."

The Archbishop's tour will begin with a visit to St Mary's Church in Beeston to meet Christian leaders and a group of young people who live and work in the area.

Dr Sentamu will then go to the Hamara Healthy Living Centre, a £1m Muslim-based community project which opened in November 2004, where he will meet leaders from different religions represented by the Yorkshire and Humber Faiths Forum.

Later in the day, Dr Sentamu will see the economic regeneration and the ministry of the Church throughout the centre of Leeds. He will visit a Christian arts project before heading to St George's Crypt, which provides support for the homeless and asylum seekers. Dr Sentamu will also take part in prayers in the Crypt Chapel.

Bombers Shehzad Tanweer, 22, and Hasib Hussain, 18, grew up in Beeston and Holbeck respectively, and ringleader Mohammad Sidique Khan, 30, was originally from the Beeston area before moving to Dewsbury.

The West Yorkshire cell, which also included Germaine Lindsay, 19, who was originally from Huddersfield although he later moved to Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, killed 52 people.

Archbishop to visit home of London bombers

-21/02/06

The Archbishop of York will today visit Muslim leaders in Beeston, which was home to the London suicide bombers.

John Sentamu will visit faith leaders at a Muslim-based community centre close to where one of the bombers lived.

Britain's first black archbishop will make his first official visit to the Ripon and Leeds diocese since taking up his post in the Church of England at the end of last year.

The visit will be hosted by the Archdeacon of Leeds, Peter Burrows, who will accompany the Archbishop throughout his tour of Leeds.

Mr Burrows said: "This is an opportunity for Dr Sentamu to learn something of the Leeds part of this varied and complex diocese, and of the church's work in its many different aspects.

"He will be seeing both the challenges and the considerable opportunities for the church in Leeds."

The Archbishop's tour will begin with a visit to St Mary's Church in Beeston to meet Christian leaders and a group of young people who live and work in the area.

Dr Sentamu will then go to the Hamara Healthy Living Centre, a £1m Muslim-based community project which opened in November 2004, where he will meet leaders from different religions represented by the Yorkshire and Humber Faiths Forum.

Later in the day, Dr Sentamu will see the economic regeneration and the ministry of the Church throughout the centre of Leeds. He will visit a Christian arts project before heading to St George's Crypt, which provides support for the homeless and asylum seekers. Dr Sentamu will also take part in prayers in the Crypt Chapel.

Bombers Shehzad Tanweer, 22, and Hasib Hussain, 18, grew up in Beeston and Holbeck respectively, and ringleader Mohammad Sidique Khan, 30, was originally from the Beeston area before moving to Dewsbury.

The West Yorkshire cell, which also included Germaine Lindsay, 19, who was originally from Huddersfield although he later moved to Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, killed 52 people.

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