On his recent visit to South Sudan, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby brought with him ‘the greetings, love and encouragement’ of his fellow Anglicans to those suffering amid the on-going conflict in the country.
Praising the South Sudanese Church as "an example to us all" in its consistent and unified calls for peace and an end to violence, the Archbishop said he joined its leaders in urging political differences to be set aside for the ‘urgent task’ of bringing healing and reconciliation.
Archbishop Welby, accompanied by his wife, Caroline Welby, made a five-day visit to South Sudan, Burundi, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo that began last week and ended yesterday (3 February 2014).
The visit to the region enabled the Archbishop to meet with fellow Primates of the Anglican Communion, as well as to express support for people facing violence and injustice.
The trip is part of his plan to visit all of his fellow Archbishops around the Anglican Communion during his first 18 months in office.
His desire 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, says Lambeth Palace.
Arriving in the capital Juba last week, Archbishop Welby said: “All our prayers are with the people of South Sudan at this testing time for the young nation. I have come with my wife, Caroline, and my colleague Joanna Udal who has long experience here, bringing the greetings, love and encouragement of your brothers and sisters in Christ around the world.
“The South Sudanese Church is an example to us all in its consistent speaking with one voice for peace, for unity and to an ending to the violence so horrifically perpetrated against so many people. With the South Sudanese Church leaders, I urge political differences to be set aside for the sake of the urgent task of bringing healing and reconciliation.”