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Pomp And Colour Mark Enthronement Of 3rd Archbishop Of Burundi
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July 19, 2005

[CAPA - Burundi] The enthronement ceremony of the 3rd Archbishop of Burundi was marked with pomp and colour at the P.L Rwagasore Stadium Bujumbura on Sunday 17th July 2005.

In attendance were: the Archbishop of Canterbury and his wife, Archbishop Kolini of Rwanda, Archbishop Fidele Dirokpa of Congo, Bishop Okiring representing Anglican Church of Kenya, 2 Bishops from ECUSA (North Carolina and Colorado), Canon Lubega of Trinity, Dr. Agnes Aboum of WCC, Rev. Canon Kanyikwa of CAPA, as well as CMS representatives.

The occasion was also graced by the presence of the Retired President, Retiring President and President-elect of the Republic of Rwanda.

In his speech, Archbishop Ntahoturi thanked the Church for the confidence they had shown in electing him as the 3rd Archbishop. He assured them of his commitment to working together with them especially during this time of healing and reconciliation in Burundi. The Archbishop of Canterbury, who also gave the sermon, on his part thanked the new Archbishop for accepting to serve the Church of Christ and also his family for allowing Bernard to accept the call. He also thanked retired Archbishop Ndayisenga, who was also present, for steering the church during challenging times. He reinforced the call for reconciliation.

Archbishop Kolini of Rwanda brought greetings from the Anglican Communion to the Church in Burundi. His Excellency President Domitien Ndayizeye on his part recognized the work of the Church and in particular the Anglican Church in community development and hoped the good work would continue.

The occasion was also marked with exchange of gifts; Archbishop Rowan Williams gave Archbishop Ntahoturi the Canterbury cross, and he also received gifts from the people of Burundi.

Meanwhile, the Archbishop of Canterbury is set to hold a forum with CAPA Primates from the Great Lakes Region on 20th July in Nairobi, Kenya.