The Archbishop of Canterbury has expressed his “admiration and gratitude” to Prime Minister Theresa May after she announced her intention to step down. May will resign as leader of the ruling Conservative Party on June 7.

“During the last three years of leading our nation through times of profound change and uncertainty, Theresa May has shown determination, resilience, and a sense of public duty that has never wavered,” Abp. Justin Welby said. “That is a service to us all that deserves our admiration and gratitude.

“As Mrs. May prepares to stand down from office over the coming months, this is a moment to pause and pray for her and her husband, Philip, whose support has been unwavering, and for all those around them working to ensure a smooth transition into new leadership.

“Every day in churches across the country, we pray for our political leaders. We pray that they be guided and strengthened in wise leadership that strives for the common good. We pray too for their protection, safety, and well-being in the roles they take on for the benefit of our communities and our nation. We also pray for their families who with them carry the burden that being in public life brings.”

He continued: “In these critical times in our shared national life, people of faith should commit to pray for all those who lead, all those who are led, and work together with all of goodwill, especially for those who are vulnerable and on the margins. As Christians we pray that our society would be shaped around Christ’s hope-filled vision of abundant life for every person.”

Adapted from ACNS

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