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Anglican Leader Praises Persecuted Christians in Easter Sermon

Anglican Leader Praises Persecuted Christians in Easter Sermon

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby praised the resilience of persecuted Christian minorities around the world in his Easter sermon on Sunday.

The Church of England leader also highlighted the suffering of people in Syria, Ukraine, Rwanda and Pakistan.

Welby’s Easter address at Canterbury Cathedral was his second since becoming the spiritual leader of the world’s 80 million Anglicans last year.

Welby also touched on the persecution of Christian minorities.

The 58-year-old said the Easter story “gives us hope where we were in despair, faith where we were lost, light where we were in darkness, joy where we were entirely in sorrow.”

Meanwhile the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, used his Easter Day sermon to highlight issues ranging from gender-based violence and tax avoidance to conflict in Syria and the Central African Republic.

They are “all the fruit of our wilful senility,” he told the congregation at York Minster.

On Saturday, Sentamu baptised 16 people in an outdoor water pool in York with hundreds watching on, in what has become an Easter tradition under the Ugandan-born cleric.

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