Archbishop of Canterbury to launch new province for Anglican Church in Egypt

Ahram Online , Wednesday 29 Sep 2021

The Archbishop of Canterbury and the spiritual leader of the Anglican Church worldwide, Justin Welby, will launch a new province for the Anglican Church in his upcoming visit to Egypt in the first week of October.

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“The visit of the Archbishop of Canterbury is a historic event of international importance, given Welby’s position succeeding the United Kingdom’s royal family in official ceremonies according to English tradition,” Sami Fawzi, Archbishop of the Alexandria Anglican Diocese, said in a statement on Tuesday.

Welby will launch the Anglican Church’s province number 41, titled the Alexandria province, given the city’s important position in the ancient Christian world. Alexandria played a significant role in enriching global Christian thought and heritage.

The area will include 10 countries: Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Mauritania, Chad, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, and Somalia. Egypt currently heads the area.

Egypt has become the main seat of the Anglican Church’s province in Alexandria due to its role in serving refugees and its efforts in Islamic-Christian dialogue.

The October ceremony will be attended by many archbishops of the Anglican church worldwide, as well as leading state officials and public figures.

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