Lambeth Day two

July 22, 2008 at 9:55 pm Leave a comment

The sun has finally smiled on the Lambeth Conference and bishops from around the world are beginning to relax here. Today has seen an uplifting eucharist celebrated by the province of Central Africa including Zimbabwean bishops praying with us for the urgent talks in that troubled country. We have worked hard in our groups at understanding the role of bishops in evangelism, and we have heard this evening from Cardinal Diaz who is responsible in the Vatican for leading on evangelisation for the worldwide Catholic Church.

Archbishop Rowan with the diocesan young people

Archbishop Rowan with the diocesan young people

But best of all has been the presence of young people from Leicester at the Conference who came to share with some of the bishops the conversation called “The Lambeth Talk” which took place in Leicester during the week before the Conference. Amongst a choice of 30 self select groups today the Archbishop of Canterbury chose to join our young people for over an hour listening to their account of the international conversation of the previous week. And the media people came to interview some of the Youth Council for the Lambeth Journal to be shewn in tomorrow’s TV account of events.

Of course the notorious disputes of our Communion lie not far below the surface, but our young  people have helped to put much of that in perspective today.

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