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Archbishop Of Canterbury Meets Primates From Great Lakes Region
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July 22, 2005

[CAPA - Africa] The Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams met with Primates from the Great Lakes Region at the Silver Springs Hotel in Nairobi. The Archbishop informed the forum that no country in the world is exempt from the risks of violence and both Britain and Kenya have experienced this in the very near past.

He said during his recent visit to Burundi he experienced the results of conflict. He called upon the churches to work together especially conflict situations.

Addressing the press after the Forum, his Grace reiterated the need for peace and reconciliation, unity of the Church and forgiveness. He regretted that the region had missed opportunities and gaps between aspirations and actions to make peace.

He challenged the Church, which is uniquely placed to make a decisive difference, on the need to change hearts and minds at the local level. However, due to pressure of time, the Archbishop did not answer questions from the Press.

The meeting shared experiences and concerns about the reality of conflicts in the Great Lakes region and the role of the Church, especially the Anglican Communion, in peace building and nurturing of the civil society.

Among the Primates who attended the forum were: Abp Emmanuel Kolini of Rwanda, Abp Joseph Marona of Sudan, Abp Fidele Dirokpa of Congo, Abp Benjamin Nzimbi of Kenya, Abp Bernard Ntahoturi of Burundi. Bishop Nicodemus Okille, the Dean, represented Uganda, while Bishop Gerald Mpango represented the Anglican Church of Tanzania.

CAPA’s General Secretary Canon John Kanyikwa was also in attendance. Other organizations represented were the WCC -- by Dr. Agnes Abuom – the AACC – by the Rt. Rev. Mvume Dandala, World Vision, CMS and CORAT-Africa among others.