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Archbishop of Canterbury serves lunch at a homeless charity for the Big Help Out

by Premier Journalist

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Most Rev Justin Welby, and his wife, Mrs Caroline Welby, visited Catching Lives in Canterbury, a charity supporting homeless people in the area.

The Archbishop is the charity's patron and was there to support the Big Help Out, an initiative promoting volunteering opportunities across the UK as part of the Coronation weekend.

They also participated in a picnic at Canterbury Cathedral on Sunday as part of the Big Lunch.

A spokesperson from Lambeth Palace expressed gratitude for the enthusiastic support of King Charles III and Queen Camilla's Coronation and highlighted the importance of loving service in communities, which was the theme of the Coronation and the Big Help Out and the Big Lunch initiatives.

The spokesperson said: "We are delighted with the enthusiasm and support for King Charles III and Queen Camilla’s Coronation – at Westminster Abbey, up and down the country and around the world – as we marked this historic moment in our national life. We give thanks for a beautiful service that was both sacred and solemn, joyful and inspiring, and suffused with the love of God. 

“For the Church, it was a moment to reflect on the commitment that the King and Queen have made to serve God and the people. It was also an opportunity to thank all those who devote their lives others, and recommit ourselves to loving service in our communities and beyond. 

“The Coronation service was both traditional and contemporary, and we are grateful for the participation of people across generations and from many backgrounds and faith communities, to reflect who we are as a wonderfully diverse nation. 

“The Archbishops and Bishops have loved spending the Coronation weekend with their local communities and congregations through the Big Lunch and the Big Help Out, both events inspired by the themes of unity and Christ's call to loving service that shaped Saturday’s Coronation." 


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