The ABC and the PB at the UN

The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Presiding Bishop visit the United Nations and meet with the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon

Archbishop of Canterbury, Presiding Bishop address global concerns in UN meeting

Episcopal News Service

Global crises, such as those in Haiti and Sudan, were among pressing issues addressed at the United Nations headquarters Jan. 26 as Secretary General Ban Ki-moon welcomed Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori for a 45-minute meeting.

The church leaders were joined by Anglican Observer at the U.N. Hellen Wangusa and U.K. Representative to the U.N. Sir Mark Lyall Grant.

Williams offered his “profound condolences” for the loss of so many U.N. staff in the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that devastated Haiti Jan. 12, according to a press release from Lambeth Palace, the archbishop’s London residence. He also conveyed his “deep appreciation and admiration” for the work of the U.N. in some of the poorest parts of the world.

Jefferts Schori told ENS that she welcomed the opportunity to highlight the Episcopal Church’s presence in Haiti, “for more than 150 years providing education and health care,” and underscore “that we would be there for centuries to come.” The Episcopal Diocese of Haiti is numerically the largest diocese in the Episcopal Church.

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