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Bishop Kumara Illangasinghe, left, with Archbishop Rowan at Kurunagala Cathedral.
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The Archbishop in a crowd at the cathedral.
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Archbishop Rowan at Asgiria Vihara monastery in Kandy.
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Bishop Kumara, left, and Archbishop Rowan.
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Archbishop Of Canterbury To Visit Sri Lanka
CEYLON 070501-1
May 1, 2007

[The Church of Ceylon (E-P) - Ceylon] The Most Revd and Rt Hon Dr Rowan Douglas Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, Metropolitan of the Anglican Church of Ceylon (Sri Lanka) and the spiritual head of the world-wide Anglican Church comprising more than 70 million members, will pay a brief pastoral visit to Sri Lanka from 7th to 11th May 2007. This will be Archbishop Williams' first visit to the Anglican Church in Sri Lanka since his accession to the See of Canterbury.

Archbishop Williams was elected Bishop of Monmouth, Wales in 1992 and as Archbishop of Wales in 2000. Three years later in 2003, he was enthroned as the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury. He is married to Jane Paul, a lecturer in theology. They have a son and daughter.

Archbishop Williams holds double doctorate from the University of Oxford. He has taught theology and has written a number of books on theology and spirituality, as well as two books of poetry. He is a Fellow of the British Academy. His interests include music, fiction and languages.

This pastoral visit is part of the Archbishop's wider programme of building bridges of trust across communities and cultures. Archbishop Williams' sensitivity to human suffering and cultural diversity enables him to cross these barriers that separate people. His gifts of wisdom and the ability to communicate with prophetic clarity on complex concerns and issues has made him the kind of leader that today's world needs so desperately.

During his visit to Sri Lanka, he will preach and preside at Services of the Holy Eucharist at the Kurunagala and Colombo Cathedrals. The Service at Kurunagala will be on the 8th morning at 9am and in Colombo on 9th morning at 9.30 am. He will also address two Public Meetings - one at Kurunagala on the 8th morning immediately after the Service of Eucharist and the other in Colombo on the 10th evening at 5.30 pm in the Diocesan Chambers on the Cathedral premises. These events are open to all.

Archbishop Williams will also have meetings with political, civil society and other faith leaders, besides meeting with members of the Sri Lanka's Anglican community - both clergy and laity.

The Rt Revd Kumara Illangasinghe
Bishop of Kurunagala

The Rt Revd Duleep de Chickera
Bishop of Colombo