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Archbishop of Canterbury urges openness in new year message

Justin Welby says country should try to overcome recent struggles and divisions

  • Harriet Sherwood
  • The Guardian

The archbishop of Canterbury has urged the country to start 2019 in a “new spirit of openness towards each other” in an attempt to overcome the struggles and divisions of recent years.

Justin Welby was delivering a new year message from Lambeth Palace, his London base.

Acknowledging that the festive period can be stressful for some families – “sometimes we get on each other’s nerves” – the archbishop drew parallels with wider society.

“We’re wonderfully much more diverse than…

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