The Most Reverend and Rt. Hon. Dr. John Sentamu taking his ava cup during the welcome ceremony at the VIP Airport Lounge yesterday morning as the Archbishop of Polynesia and Aotearoa the Most Reverend Dr. Winston Halapua looks on
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APIA: WEDNESDAY 29 JULY 2015: The Archbishop of York & Polynesia The Most Reverend and Rt. Hon. Dr. John Sentamu has started his visit of Samoa with a full day with the Samoa and Amercian Samoa clergy rounding off with the ground breaking of a new Anglican school, Eucharist and Ordination.
The Archbishop was welcomed with a traditional ava ceremony at the Faleolo VIP Lounge on arrival yesterday morning.
The ava ceremony was hosted by members of the Anglican Church at Leififi.
The Archbishop was a guest of His Highness the Head of State Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi and Masiofo Filifilia last night.
In his first visit to Samoa, the Archbishop had the opportunity to interact with the church clergies from Samoa and American Samoa and was a chance to visit the community.
He is also scheduled to give a public lecture at the Samoa Cultural Village tomorrow morning before meeting with Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi at a Government reception.
Then he will talk to the media tomorrow afternoon.
Archbishop Sentamu is a vocal critic of the stark global inequalities in society and their causes. He has consistently spoken out on the low priority given by those in power to alleviating the plight of the very poorest and desperate of humanity. Archbishop Sentamu speaks freely in his public commentaries on topical issues including the problem of young people being seduced into radical and violent causes abroad in the absence of exiting worthwhile and fulfilling pursuits at home.
He has criticized the diffidence in the UK of people in national leadership to admit that the moral direction of the UK is grounded on biblical values. He attributes this to misplaced sensitivity towards citizens of other faiths and of no religion. Reticence to speak plainly and truthfully about the living past of the United Kingdom is the “equivalence of patricide and matricide in the world of ideas.”
The Archbishop is the first African to serve as the second highest cleric of the Church of England. As Archbishop of York, Rt. Hon. Dr. John Tucker Sentamu also sits in the House of Lords and is a Privy Councilor.