It has been announced that the Archbishop of Canterbury will visit South Sudan, Burundi, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo to meet Primates (heads) of the Anglican churches there.
The visit by Archbishop Justin Welby, who is the spiritual head of the 78 million-strong worldwide Anglican Communion, will take the form of a five-day visit to the region starting on Thursday 30 January 2014.
During his first 18 months in office, the Archbishop plans to visit all of his fellow Archbishops around the Anglican Communion.
His desire, Lambeth Palace said today (27 January), "is to express solidarity, build personal and professional bonds, understand the Primates’ work in their local contexts, and lay foundations for good collaboration over the coming years."
The latest visit comes in the face of the struggle for peace amidst severe tensions and violence in South Sudan, other regional problems, and continuing disagreements among Anglicans and other Christians about issues of sexual morality and the interpretation of scripture and tradition.
Archbishop Justin Welby has a background in conflict transformation and resolution, as well as commercial and church experience.
He spoke this week about the church’s role in promoting reconciliation in areas of conflict in this interview with the BBC HARDTalk television programme, which can be viewed here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/bigscreen/tv/episode/b03v4k3h/