Justin Welby writes from the Middle East


I was so grateful to visit Beirut with Archbishop Hosam Naoum رئيس الأساقفة حسام نعوم and clergy from the Anglican Diocese of Jerusalem last week, and see in person their witness to Jesus Christ, commitment to peace and service to the community.We visited St Luke’s Rehabilitation Centre in Beirut – a witness to God’s care for every single one of his children, and the innate value each of us have as those made in His image.It was also an honour to meet President Michel Aoun and His Beautitude Patriarch Bechara Boutros Rahi, and reaffirm our commitment to unity, reconciliation and Christian witness in this Holy Land.We cannot forget the people of Lebanon and the suffering they face as a result of the port explosion, the pandemic and economic and political problems. Let us pray for hope and abundance for this beautiful nation, for the Anglican Diocese of Jerusalem and all those it serves.