The Spiritual Head of the Church of England, Anglican Communion, the Archbishop of Canterbury the Most Reverend Justin Portal Welby, has visited Ghana in continuation of his worldwide tour of 37 Anglican Provinces in the world.
He told news men a at the residence of the British High Commissioner , Mr Jon Benjamin that he was in Ghana, as in the other 35 provinces that he had already visited to “primarily understand their challenges and to learn from the experiences” of his other 36 colleague archbishops who head the provinces.
Accompanied by his spouse, Caroline, and staff of his office, Archbishop Welby explained that following his election as the Archbishop of Canterbury in March 2013 “I dedicated myself to paying visits to all the 37 Anglican primates and their provinces” before the end of 2014.
“The visit is to express solidarity and gain a better insight and understanding of the work of Anglican churches in their local environment; Ghana is the 36th province I have visited.”
Archbishop Welby encouraged Ghanaians not to be scared of the Ebola disease but rather face the reality of its existence and support the measures being taken to seal it.
He reiterated that there was no medically demonstrated magic treatment for the disease, and thus urged Ghanaians to watch out for the signs or symptoms for early treatment.
Most Reverend Welby commended the government on agreeing to set up the headquarters of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) in Ghana.
He added that though it was a controversial decision, he was impressed that the Ghanaian government took a bold step to get the headquarters set up in Ghana.
Archbishop Welby revealed that he had spent the last 10 years studying religious conflicts, but Ghana was not part of the religious conflict zones he identified.
“I’ve he met with a number of religious heads at the inter-faith dialogue conference to deliberate on why it was different in Ghana,” he disclosed.
During his three-day stay in Ghana durbar in Kumasi under the auspices of Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Asantehene, an inter-faith Dialogue Conference at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi and held a meeting with the Vice-President, Mr Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, at the Flagstaff House in Accra.
He expressed delight at the warm and friendly reception Ghanaians had shown him during his visit to Ghana.
“Africa is where I feel very much at home more than in most parts of the world,” he added.