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New Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town

31 March 2008
The new Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, Thabo Makhoba, is the youngest ever to hold that office. At his enthronement he called for a healing of divisions in society, yet he faces even more serious divisions in the church.
clipped from www.thetimes.co.za
The new Archbishop of Cape Town, Thabo Makgoba, called for fresh efforts to heal divisions in politics, in sport and on university campuses during his installation yesterday.Makgoba, 47, the youngest leader yet of the Anglican church in southern Africa, said during the installation ceremony at St George’s cathedral: “God … has a message of wholeness wherever there is conflict, fear, crime, ill-health, violence … or any other burden of brokenness or oppression.”
He succeeds Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane, who retired in December.Those attending the ceremony included President Thabo Mbeki and one of Makgoba’s predecessors, Archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu.
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Perhaps the most difficult divisions to heal, however, are not so much those in politics, sport and on university campuses but in the worldwide Anglican Communion itself, which seems to be tearing itself apart.

Archbishop Makhoba’s enthronement comes just in time for him to attend the Lambeth Conference, the meeting of Anglican bishops from around the world held every ten years, hosted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, but this time many bishops are speaking of boycotting the conference or holding a rival one.

There seem to be very few topics on which Anglican leaders are able to speak with a united voice.

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