A standing ovation was received by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and Cardinal Vincent Nichols, President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, after praying for Christian unity and talking openly about the challenges of achieving it, at the Leadership Conference 2015, reports Christian Today.
Interviewed on stage by Nicky Gumbel, Vicar of Holy Trinity Brompton, Justin Welby commented that unity among Christians releases a power that is impossible to exaggerate. ‘The Church, when it is visibly united, speaks more powerfully to the world, by the grace of the Spirit of God, than we can ever begin to imagine,’ Justin Welby said. ‘We cripple our witness when we are not united. And we release a power of witness in the world – to who Jesus is, to hope, to life, for the poor, for people caught up in conflict and destruction – through our unity, that is impossible to exaggerate. That is the way that we will see the world brought face to face with Jesus Christ.‘