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Archbishop of Canterbury welcomed at Guildhall

Published on Tuesday, November 14, 2017

THE Archbishop of Canterbury has been welcomed at one of Leicester’s oldest medieval buildings at the start of a visit to the city this week.

The Most Revd Justin Welby, the most senior cleric in the Church of England, was welcomed to the historic Guildhall building by City Mayor Peter Soulsby and the Bishop of Leicester, the Rt Revd Martyn Snow, at the start of a three-day visit to the city from November 14 to 16.

The 14th century Guildhall is just stone’s throw from Leicester Cathedral, where the Archbishop will conduct a service immediately afterwards.

It will be the Archbishop’s first visit to the cathedral since he officiated at the reinterment of King Richard III in March 2015. 

The visit is being called “The Archbishop’s Big Conversation” and will involve a number of engagements with people of all faiths and none across the city and county over the three days. 

Events will include an interview with Leicester-born ITV presenter Julie Etchingham, and a prayer event for thousands of people at Leicester Arena.

Leicester City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “It is very good to be able to welcome the Archbishop to our multi-faith city at the start of his three-day tour, following Her Majesty the Queen’s Easter visit for the Maundy Thursday service. 

“The Archbishop will visit communities across the city and county, as diverse as the Soundcafe Homeless Choir and Leicester Prison, and will also be speaking to students at De Montfort University. I hope he enjoys his experience of the city.”