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Archbishop of Canterbury to say Rwanda migrants plan ‘opposite of nature of God’

The Archbishop of Canterbury is to name the federal government’s plan to ship asylum-seekers to Rwanda the “opposite of the nature of God”.

In his Easter sermon at Canterbury Cathedral, Justin Welby will say that Christ’s resurrection must be a time for “repentance and renewal”, not for “sub-contracting our responsibilities”.

The Archbishop can even name for a ceasefire within the Russian conflict on Ukraine and converse of his concern for households struggling in the course of the cost-of-living disaster and for these bereaved by Covid-19.

In his 8.10am sermon, the Archbishop will say: “The resurrection of Jesus is not a magic wand that makes the world perfect.

“But the resurrection of Christ is the tectonic shift in the way the cosmos works. It is the conquest of death and the opening of eternal life – through Jesus, a gift offered to every human being who reaches out to him.”

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby offers a sermon throughout a Choral Evensong at Chichester Cathedral (Andrew Matthews/PA Wire)

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He will proceed: “Let this be a time for Russian ceasefire, withdrawal and a dedication to talks. This is a time for resetting the methods of peace, not for what Bismarck referred to as blood and iron. Let Christ prevail. Let the darkness of conflict be banished.

“And this season can also be why there are such critical moral questions on sending asylum seekers abroad.

“The particulars are for politics. The precept should stand the judgment of God, and it can not. It can not carry the burden of resurrection justice, of life conquering demise. It can not carry the burden of the resurrection that was first to the least valued, for it privileges the wealthy and robust.



Families throughout the nation are waking up to chilly houses and empty stomachs as we face the best cost-of-living disaster we now have recognized.

The Archbishop of Canterbury

“And it cannot carry the weight of our national responsibility as a country formed by Christian values, because sub-contracting out our responsibilities, even to a country that seeks to do well like Rwanda, is the opposite of the nature of God who himself took responsibility for our failures.”

Speaking in regards to the cost-of-living disaster and the pandemic, the Archbishop will say: “Families across the country are waking up to cold homes and empty stomachs as we face the greatest cost-of-living crisis -we have known.

“The rise in the cost of power and fuel, of basic foods, indeed in the cost of living, will be the first thought of the day and they will feel overwhelmed by the pressures.

“For others it will be the continued deep sense of loss of someone from Covid, or during Covid, to whom they could not say a proper farewell.”

Reflecting on what the resurrection means for us as people, the Archbishop will say: “In dying for us, God sees and knows the wounds that cause us so much pain.

“He hears the cry of the mothers in Ukraine, he sees the fear of boys too young to become soldiers, and he knows the vulnerability of the orphans and refugees.

“Closer to home, he sees the humiliation of the grandparent visiting the food bank for the first time, the desperate choice of parents in poverty and the grief and weariness of the pandemic.”

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