Archbishop of Canterbury: May Christians face pandemic in unity

Anglican Archbishop Justin Welby speaks with Vatican Media about the challenges facing Christians due to the pandemic, the ecumenical importance of the encyclical “Fratelli tutti”, and his hopes for peace in South Sudan.

By Alessandro Gisotti

Just over one year ago, on 13 November 2019, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, met Pope Francis in the Vatican for a private audience.

In that short space of time, the global situation has drastically changed due to the pandemic. However, the dramatic arrival of Covid-19 has only reinforced the importance of those themes—solidarity, ecology, religious freedom, and peace—which have found particular resonance with both the Bishop of Rome and the Primate of the Anglican Communion.

One year after their most recent meeting, and one month after the publication of Fratelli tutti, Archbishop Justin Welby granted a wide-ranging interview to Vatican News and the Osservatore Romano to talk about the issues currently facing the world. He focused his reflection on the contribution Christians can make in this moment, which is so deeply affected by suffering.

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