Archbishop: we are all equal in God’s sight
IN HIS Easter address the Archbishop of Canterbury stated that everyone is the same in the eyes of God.
Archbishop Welby spoke out for persecuted Christians around the world, in countries savaged by war and conflict, but also those closer to home, where Christians are vilified for their sexual orientation.
“Cathedrals and churches make great statements, but without words. Witnesses are those people who know Christ; lay or ordained, old or young, gender, politics, sexuality or whatever irrelevant - all are equally witnesses,” he said.
Archbishop Welby reminded Christians to support each other and maintain their witness through the challenges of opposition.
“Every action we take, every inaction, every agreement, every disagreement in which love is maintained, everything we do and say, or refrain from doing or saying, everything witnesses,” he said.
Meanwhile, Pope Francis urged the international community not to ‘look the other way’ and act over the killings of Christians around the globe, during his Easter Monday address.
Speaking in St Peter’s Square, the pontiff asked for ‘tangible help’ from communities all over the world for Christians persecuted because of their faith - but stopped short of suggesting what actions should be taken.
Prime Minister David Cameron’s Easter message asked people to be confident in their faith and ‘defend their values’.