Adapted from the Archbishop of Canterbury’s website:

The Archbishop of Canterbury welcomed a group of Shia theologians to Lambeth Palace Dec. 17 at the culmination of three days of dialogue with Christian theologians, hosted by the University of Oxford’s Harris Manchester College and the British Council.

Archbishop Justin Welby expressed his appreciation for the dialogue:

At a time of increasing fear and division in the world, it is ever more important that people of faith, Christians and Muslims, come together to work towards the common good for the betterment of all.

As Anglicanism has its roots in the United Kingdom, and Shi’ism in the Islamic Republic of Iran and the former Persian Empire, I recognize that there is great potential for our faith to act as a bridge between our faith communities and the countries in which they are based.

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