Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

'Hospitality and Love Are the Way to Counter Hate'

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

'Hospitality and Love Are the Way to Counter Hate'

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Byline: Tom Pugh Reporter ec.news@ncjmedia.co.uk

THE Archbishop of Canterbury has urged people to use "hospitality and love" to defeat "hatred and extremism" in a New Year message pointing to the plight of refugees.

At the end of a year in which headlines were dominated by the migration crisis, the Most Rev Justin Welby said Britain had always welcomed the "poor and weak".

He spoke of how Jesus was a refugee, fleeing as a baby with his parents, and who would go on to call on people to "welcome the alien and stranger".

The Most Rev Welby also told of an inspiring meeting he had at Marsh Academy in Kent with a boy who, aged 14, fled his homeland in north Africa in search of a safer life.

Soldiers who stormed his school tried to abduct him but he was saved by a "courageous" teacher. However, the experience left the boy so terrified he decided to escape.

"This is just one example of the many desperate journeys children are making on their own to save their lives," the Most Rev Welby said in his New Year's Day message. …

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