Local News from Sri Lanka: Archbishop Rt. Rev. Justin Welby of Canterbury, the spiritual leader of the Anglican Church, will arrive in Sri Lanka today on a three-day trip as a sign of solidarity with Sri Lanka. The Archbishop of Canterbury is expected to show solidarity with Sri Lanka in the wake of the April Easter Sunday bombings.
His wife Caroline, the Archbishop’s Adviser on Anglican Communion Affairs Rt, will accompany the Archbishop. Rev. Anthony Poggo and his Chief of Staff David Porter. Canterbury’s Archbishop is the spiritual leader of the global Anglican Communion, which has about 85 million members spread across over 105 nations. He is planned to visit St. Sebastian’s Church in Katuwapitiya with Colombo Malcolm Archbishop Cardinal Ranjith and meet the Easter Sunday victims ‘ families.
He will meet later in the evening with the President, the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition. The Archbishop of Canterbury will also attend a special meeting at the premises of the Diocesan Chamber in Colombo with the involvement of interfaith officials and heads of all churches and will later participate in a special service at 5 p.m. in the Anglican Cathedral of Christ the Living Saviour. He will move for dinner after the service to the BMICH where he will meet with President Maithripala Sirisena.
The Archbishop will be traveling to the premises of the Diocesan Council on August 30 and planting a tree to indicate his visit to Sri Lanka. He will then visit the Temple of Tooth Relic in Kandy and meet with the Chief Prelates of Malwatte and Asgiriya Chapters of Siyam Nikaya and Diyawadana Nilame. He will then attend a special service in Kurunegala in the Anglican Cathedral of Christ the King.