Vis­it­ing archbishop talks of war and fear

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By CATHER­INE REISS

The Church of the Holy Sepul­chre in New­ton hosted the Archbishop of Can­ter­bury last week, for a spe­cial even­ing ser­vice on Au­gust 14.

The Most Rev­erend and Right Honourable Justin Welby’s short visit to New Zealand was part of a 10-day visit to the South Pacific.

He is the most se­nior bishop of the world­wide Angli­can com­mu­nion.

His mes­sage to those in the packed church on Thurs­day night was about fear.

‘‘The ap­palling events of Iraq, and equally ter­ri­ble killings in north­ern Nige­ria and in Syria, the war in the Ukraine, and in so many other parts of the world.

‘‘The seem­ing end­less rep­e­ti­tion of the ter­ri­ble tragedies of Gaza and of the whole of Is­rael and Pales­tine. All th­ese events and move­ments pro­pel us to­wards fear, and fear takes us to self-pro­tec­tion, and self-pro­tec­tion drives us to ac­tion that things worse.

‘‘Fear makes us in­ward look­ing and pa­thetic. We think the other will gain at our ex­pense.’’

He also made ref­er­ence to the many campaign bill­boards he had seen on the way in from the air­port.

‘‘I come from gen­er­a­tions of politi­cians.

‘‘It is easy to mock them. We ask them to make the de­ci­sions we can’t make, and then we mock them.

‘‘It’s not an easy job. We

only

makes should pray for our cians.’’

The Archbishop of New Zealand Philip Richard­son says it is a de­light to have the Archbishop of Can­ter­bury vis­it­ing from Eng­land in such an im­por­tant year.

In De­cem­ber it will be 200 years since Sa­muel Mars­den preached the first ser­mon in New Zealand.

While in Auck­land the Archbishop of Can­ter­bury also vis­ited Par­nell’s Holy Trin­ity Cathe­dral, which is closed for ren­o­va­tions.

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