Archbishop of Canterbury to visit Israel in May
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Archbishop of Canterbury to visit Israel in May

Justin Welby plans to hold interfaith events, visit holy sites in his first tour of region in four years

Archbishop of Canterbury and head of the Church of England Justin Welby, center, visits the Dome of the Rock shrine in Jerusalem's Old City, on June 27, 2013 (Sliman Khader/Flash90)
Archbishop of Canterbury and head of the Church of England Justin Welby, center, visits the Dome of the Rock shrine in Jerusalem's Old City, on June 27, 2013 (Sliman Khader/Flash90)

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will travel to Israel for a 12-day visit in May, the Guardian has reported.

It will be Welby’s first visit to the region since 2013.

During his visit Welby is planning to meet with Christian leaders in Bethlehem as well as Israeli and Palestinian leaders. He plans to hold interfaith events to advance peace and coexistence.

Welby will also tour religious sites in Israel including Jerusalem, Nazareth and the Galilee.

During his previous visit Welby stressed Israel’s legitimacy and right to security, and also spoke of the persecution of Christians by Islamists in the Middle East.

Welby, raised by a Jewish father, is the leader of the Church of England and of 80 million Anglicans worldwide.

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