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Archbishop of Canterbury to visit Holy Land

Dr Rowan Williams
Dr Rowan Williams said careless language could cause damage

The Archbishop of Canterbury is starting a four-day visit to Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian territories.

Dr Rowan Williams will meet Anglicans in Jerusalem and lead the latest talks with the Chief Rabbinate of Israel.

He recently called for tolerance on all sides within the Anglican Communion on divisive issues.

He told the General Synod "megaphone tones" were being used, and said it was easy in such debates to use careless language and cause damage.


The Archbishop will be accompanied for the duration of the visit by the Rt Rev Bishop Michael Jackson, the Anglican chair to the Anglican-Jewish Commission. The trip will last until Tuesday.

Earlier this month the President-Bishop of the Episcopal Church province of Jerusalem and the Middle East, the Most Revd Mouneer Anis, resigned.

He stepped down from the Standing Committee of the Anglican Communion accusing those who "sing praises of inclusiveness" of double standards.

He said: "While emphasising the importance of caring for the marginalised in our communities, like the LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender] community, the orthodox Anglicans are being marginalised."

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