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Archbishop of Canterbury in surprise greeting for Adelaide pilgrims

Posted on: February 4, 2009 9:28 AM
Group Photograph with the Archbishop of Canterbury
Photo Credit: ACNS

A group of around 20 young pilgrims from South Australia have had an experience they never counted on to end their journey, and one they’ll probably never forget.

The pilgrims, accompanied by Adelaide Archbishop Jeffrey Driver and his wife Lindy, have been on a month pilgrimage to the Sudan, Addis Abiba in Ethiopia, and Egypt where they have been visiting ministries. Among the highlights for the pilgrims has been the visit to the Sinai Peninsula. They climbed Mt Sinai and Archbishop Jeffrey joked his legs were still hurting. They also visited St Catherine’s monastery, a biblically significant location and another highlight. Bishop Mouneer Anis  was pleased to welcome the group to Egypt and was able to meet with the group in Cairo and Alexandria.

The pilgrimage provided the opportunity for the young Christians to meet young Muslims in an event that was spiritually enriching for both groups.

Towards the end of the group’s visit they found themselves in Alexandria, where the Primates are meeting. Much to the surprise of the group, the Archbishop of Canterbury arranged to meet with them for a short discussion. Several Archbishops also took the opportunity to hear about their travels, including the Primate of the Australia, Dr Phillip Aspinall, the Primate of Canada Frederick Hiltz and  Dr Mouneer Hanna Anis President Bishop, Jerusalem & the Middle East & Bishop in Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa.