Archbishop of Canterbury 390.
(photo credit: Courtesy of the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and )
Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowan Williams met with Chief Rabbis Yona Metzger
and Shlomo Amar on Thursday during a week-long personal pilgrimage to Israel and
the West Bank.
The office of the Diocese of Jerusalem of the Anglican
Church said that during Williams’ visit he emphasized “the importance of
constructive dialogue and co-existence between all religions,” and the need to
“consolidate the peace process between the people of this
Invited by the head of the Anglican Diocese of Jerusalem Bishop
Suheil Dawani, Williams was on a private tour and so did not make any public
Williams arrived in Israel on Monday and visited Nazareth,
where he met with Christians, Muslims and Druse, religious leaders and local
The Archbishop and his pilgrims also visited St. Matthew’s
Anglican Church in the village of Zababida in the northern West Bank and met
with the Mayor of Zababida Vector Khader and the Governor of Jenin Qadura
Williams has expressed concern of late for the security of
Christians in the Middle East, describing the position of Christians in the
region as “more vulnerable than it has been for centuries,” during a debate in
the upper house of the British Parliament, the House of Lords, in
Referencing the series of revolutions and upheavals in the Arab
world in the last year, Williams said, “the security and well-being of the
historic Christian communities in the region is something of a litmus test in
relation to the wider issues of the political health of the region.”
Archbishop of Canterbury heads the Church of England and is the symbolic head of
the worldwide Anglican Communion, the third largest Christian communion in the
world with approximately 80 million followers.
Williams will return to
the UK on Friday.