The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams will pay a pastoral visit to the Church of the Province of Central Africa beginning today:
Archbishop to pay a pastoral visit to the Church of the Province of Central Africa
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams is today embarking on a week-long pastoral visit to the Church in Malawi, Zimbabwe and Zambia at the invitation of the Archbishop of the Province of Central Africa, the Rt Revd Albert Chama. During the course of the week Dr Williams will meet with bishops, clergy and parishioners to celebrate the life and ministry of the Anglican Church in the region.
The visit will begin in Malawi with a special service of celebration to mark the 150th anniversary of the Anglican Church in Malawi before going on to look at a number of Church initiatives set up to help vulnerable groups in the local communities. These will include a Mothers’ Union literacy circle which is part of a country-wide initiative that has proved to be a highly successful and cost-effective method of increasing the literacy rates in Malawi.
The visit will conclude in the city of Kitwe, located in the heart of Zambia’s copperbelt, where Dr Williams will preach at an outdoor Eucharist in the city stadium where bishops and clergy and representatives of the Mothers’ Union, youth fellowship and many local people will have gathered. He will also take part in a national clergy conference at the Mindolo Ecumenical Foundation, giving an address on “Opportunities for and challenges to growth in the Anglican Communion”.