Arch­bishop: we are all equal in God’s sight

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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’.

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