Archbishop of Canterbury begins Sri Lanka visit

The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Metropolitan of Church of Ceylon The Most Revd. & Rt. Hon Justin Welby arrived in Sri Lanka this morning on a three-day solidarity visit, in the aftermath of the Easter day bombings.

The Archbishop is accompanied by his wife Mrs. Caroline Welby, the Archbishop’s Adviser on Anglican Communion Affairs Rt Revd. Anthony Poggo and his Chief of Staff Canon David Porter.

After arriving in Sri Lanka, the Archbishop visited St. Sebastian’s Church, Katuwapitiya and participates at a prayer service together with his Eminence. Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith and met families of victims of the Easter Sunday attack.

He also made a courtesy call on the Prime Minister and the Opposition leader later in the day.

The Archbishop also attended a special meeting with Heads of churches and interfaith leaders in Colombo, and presided at a special Eucharist service in the Cathedral of Christ the Living Saviour in the evening.

On Friday 30th he will visit the Diocese of Kurunegala and Kandy and will meet the Chief Prelates of the Malwatte and Asgiriya Chapters of the Siyam Nikaya and also visit  the Dalada Maligawa in Kandy.

He will then visit the Theological College of Pilimatalawa to meet with faculty and students and proceed thereafter to Kurunegala where he will be the celebrant and preacher at a Eucharist service at the Cathedral of Christ the King.

His Grace, Mrs Welby and the delegation will leave Sri Lanka on the morning of Saturday 31st August.

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