Friday, June 20, 2014

Church is not flaky, Welby tells MPs over pastries

From The Church Times-

FOR the first time in its 30-year history, the Archbishop of Canterbury spoke at the National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast, held on Tuesday.

The Prime Minister, and the Leader of the Opposition, Ed Miliband, joined almost 700 guests to hear Archbishop Welby speak on the theme "Global Christianity in the 21st Century". It was also the first time that the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition had both attended.

The breakfast, in Westminster Hall, has been organised for three decades by the group Christians in Parliament.

Archbishop Welby told those present that the Church must not be just an "NGO with lots of old buildings". He spoke of how he had visited All Saints', Peshawar, in Pakistan, earlier this month. A bomb attack on the church last year had killed 200 people (News, 13 September), but the congregation had tripled since then, he said.

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