The Archbishop of Canterbury leads Mass at All Saints Church


PESHAWAR: The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby on Sunday visited All Saints Church at Kohati Bazaar in the provincial capital which was hit by two suicide attacks nine years ago.

Church of England Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby and President Bishop, Azad Marshal arrived at All Saints Church with Hafiz Tahir Ashrafi, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister and Chairman of the Ulema Council of Pakistan.

Strict security measures were taken during the bishop’s visit to the city. A police commissioner oversaw security inside the church. The Archbishop led Sunday Mass at the church.

“I had planned for a long time to come here, but events around the world did not let me come here. I feel strong after being here,” the Archbishop said while addressing a number of people in the church.

Muslim representatives also met with the Archbishop who is on a three-day visit to Pakistan.

All Saints Church was attacked by two suicide bombings on September 22, 2013, leaving at least 127 dead and more than 170 injured.

The church located in the old part of the city has a unique architecture and was opened to the faithful on December 27, 1883.


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