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Lambeth Palace: from ‘power and authority’ to 'service and love'

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has said he wants to make his official residence at Lambeth Palace "a symbol of service and love" in contrast to its traditional role as a bastion of "power and authority".

Lambeth Palace: from ‘power and authority’ to 'service and love'
Justin Welby at Lambeth Palace

Welcoming the King of the Ashanti Kingdom to Lambeth Palace on Friday, the Archbishop said: "This has often been, as a palace, a symbol of power and authority.

"Today we are seeking to make it a symbol of service and love for the blessing of the poorest in the world, and the communities of struggle and difficulty."

His Excellency Otumfuo Nana Osei Tutu II, who is an Anglican, is on a private visit to the UK and requested an official visit to Archbishop Justin.

The King, who was greeted by Ghanaian drummers and dancers, was accompanied by senior chiefs and the Ghanaian High Commissioner, His Excellency Victor Emmanuel Smith.

He was also joined by ecumenical Ghanaian priests based in the UK, and many members of the local Ghanaian community who danced in the courtyard of Lambeth Palace as they waited to meet the King and the Archbishop.

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