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Welby seeks press advisor in wake of Middle East snafu

Welby seeks press advisor in wake of Middle East snafu

The Drum’s version of Ruth Gledhill’s story which is captive behind the Times of London’s pay wall:

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has launched a hunt for a new communications director following a string of negative headlines during a recent Middle East visit.

This elicited fury from Palestinians after he had ignored invitations to visit Bethlehem or Nazareth during the high profile visit.

An official from the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem complained: “We weren’t given any notice of his schedule and were treated like criminals by his staff when we asked if he would like to visit our most holy sites.”


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How much of this is his staff’s doing, and how much is his? And why wouldn’t a Christian want to go to Bethlehem and Nazareth, given the opportunity, anyway?

Bill Dilworth

Paul Woodrum

Is it really a press advisor he needs? Or is it more sensitivity to the people and social conditions through which he moves?

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