[ACNS source: Lambeth Palace] The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, will be visiting three countries in West Africa from 23-31 July in the course of a visit to the Anglican Church there. Dr Williams will be visiting Ghana, Sierra Leone and Gambia during the seven-day stay.
The visit is at the invitation of the Primate of the Anglican Church of the Province of West Africa, the Most Revd Robert Okine. The Archbishop's primary purpose is to encourage, support and stand alongside the Anglican Communities in all three countries. He will meet leaders of Church, State and Traditional societies, as well as the people and clergy of 12 dioceses.
Dr Williams will be accompanied by Mrs Jane Williams, Dr Herman Browne, the Archbishop's Secretary for Anglican Communion Affairs, the Revd Jonathan Jennings, the Archbishop's Press Secretary and Canon James Rosenthal, Director of Communications for the Anglican Communion.
The Revd Jonathan Jennings will be co-ordinating press requests for the duration of the visit; he can be contacted on the following number: +44 (0) 7801 964644.