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Archbishop of Canterbury 'praying for the people of the US'

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Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said he will pray for America following the "bitter" presidential campaign that saw Donald Trump elected to the White House.

The archbishop said he hoped Mr Trump would be given "wisdom, insight and grace" as he faces the challenges of the next four years.

Mr Welby said: "As president-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office, my continuing prayers are that the United States of America may find reconciliation after a bitter campaign, and that Mr Trump may be given wisdom, insight and grace as he faces the tasks before him.

"Together we pray for all the people of the United States."

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Don't let suffering 'slip from our minds', Archbishop urges

The Archbishop of Canterbury has urged people not to let the Ebola crisis or war in areas such as South Sudan "slip from our minds" in his New Year message.

The Most Rev Justin Welby, who was diagnosed with pneumonia after being forced to pull out of his Christmas Day sermon at Canterbury Cathedral, issued the message from the National Memorial Arboretum.

Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

He praised the "extraordinary dedication" of the British military in Sierra Leone, one of the three west African countries worst affected by the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.

He also spoke of his "unspeakable gratitude" to servicemen and women following the end of the war in Afghanistan.

Archbishop seeks to 'bridge' gay marriage split

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The Archbishop of Canterbury has said he is trying to bridge the split within the Anglican church over the issue of same-sex marriage.

Expanding on comments he made earlier this month, the Most Rev Justin Welby told BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs that he was determined to try to listen to both sides. And he admitted he has "moments" of frustration about the issue.

In human terms it looks impossible and many people say that we shouldn't be bothering to try.

The reality is that when I listen to people I know that I'm listening to people for whom not just the issue of sexuality but the whole way in which the Church lives and exists and reaches out to people, what it looks like to be a holy church, is something on which they feel passionately and are deeply, deeply, deeply disagreeing.

And if you love them you listen carefully, and in obedience to the work of the spirit of Christ, we have to seek to love one another.

– Justin Welby

Archbishop: UK doors should be open to Iraq refugees

Britain's doors should be open to refugees fleeing "terrible suffering" in Iraq, the Archbishop of Canterbury has urged.

The Archbishop of Canterbury said Britain's doors should be open to Iraqi refugees. Credit: PA

Justin Welby, who is currently in Papua New Guinea, said Christians and other religious minorities who have been displaced by advancing Islamic militants should be helped to find safety.

Tens of thousands of Iraqis have been forced to flee their homes after the Islamic State group issued an ultimatum to convert to Islam, pay a religious fine or face death.

The Archbishop said: "It is extremely important that aid efforts are supported and that those who have been displaced are able to find safety.

"I believe that, like France, the United Kingdom's doors should be open to refugees, as they have been throughout history."

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