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Strengthening the Ministry of Reconciliation
EAB PRESS 040716-2
July 16, 2004

Coventry Cathedral’s Community of Nails enters into partnership with the Anglican Church of Burundi

[EAB Press - Burundi] The Cathedral Church of Holy Trinity in Bujumbura recently welcomed Revd. Canon Justin Welby to a special service establishing a partnership with Coventry Cathedral’s Community of the Cross of Nails which is part of Coventry Cathedral’s international ministry of peace and reconciliation.

Canon Justin said: “The Community of the Cross of Nails will be greatly enriched by a partnership with this Cathedral. Your courage amidst suffering inspires and challenges us to pray, and to help where we can.” The Community has more than 200 centres in 60 countries, which each work for reconciliation in their own communities.

Canon Justin presented a cross of nails on the instructions of the Bishop of Coventry, Rt. Revd. Colin Bennetts, and the Dean of Coventry Cathedral, Very Revd. John Irvine, to Holy Trinity as a commitment to working together towards peace and reconciliation.

The Cross of Nails is a powerful symbol of faith and hope in a God who reconciles, loves, and forgives. The original was made from three 14th Century nails found in the charred ruins of Coventry Cathedral after it was destroyed in 1940. The then-provost Howard promised “Our enemies will become our friends.” The Community of the Cross of Nails facilitates partnership that enables each participating community to contribute from its own experiences its pain, its hopes, its own insights into conflict, and its own dynamic for reconciliation.

The Church in Burundi faces a huge challenge as it confronts the pain, grief, and trauma caused by long years of war, hatred and division that have broken relationships in families and communities and destroyed trust. It is the mission of the Church to help to restore hope for a future, and to participate in the process of peace, reconciliation, and advocacy.

Revd. Canon Paul Ntukamazina, Dean of Holy Trinity Cathedral, said “It has been a great event for us all here at Holy Trinity Cathedral. We feel so encouraged to be part of such a large Christian family through this Community of the Cross of Nails. This visit has been a great blessing to us."