2016 leaves world ‘awash with fear’: Angli­can leader

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

The leader of the world’s Angli­cans said 2016 had left hu­man­ity “more awash with fear and di­vi­sion”, in his Christ­mas Day ser­mon yes­ter­day.

Justin Welby, the Arch­bishop of Can­ter­bury, said the world’s val­ues were “in the wrong place”, with eco­nomic, tech­no­log­i­cal and com­mu­ni­ca­tions progress fail­ing to de­liver jus­tice.

He said the anx­i­ety of mod­ern times showed that trust­ing and be­liev­ing in ma­te­ri­al­ism had not worked. Welby, the spir­i­tual leader of the Church of Eng­land and the global com­mu­nion of 85 mil­lion Angli­can Chris­tians, de­liv­ered his Christ­mas ser­mon at the mother church of Can­ter­bury Cathe­dral in south­east Eng­land. “The end of 2016 finds us all in a dif­fer­ent kind of world; one less pre­dictable and cer­tain, which feels more awash with fear and di­vi­sion,” he said. “Un­cer­tainty in the midst of much, but far from univer­sal, pros­per­ity is a sign of our trust be­ing in the wrong things.

“That un­cer­tainty of our world, our feel­ings, tells us that our val­ues are in the wrong place,” he said. “Eco­nomic progress, tech­no­log­i­cal progress, com­mu­ni­ca­tion progress hasn’t re­sulted in eco­nomic jus­tice. It hasn’t de­liv­ered glory for us.” He spoke about the fate of Aleppo in the Syr­ian civil war, killings in South Su­dan and the Ber­lin mar­ket ter­ror at­tack, and how glob­al­iza­tion was now more as­so­ci­ated with in­se­cure em­ploy­ment rather than a new golden era. — AFP

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