Primate urges creation of body to represent churches in Ottawa

Published January 2, 2010

Five-month-old William Sneddon examines the cross of Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, at Christ Church Cathedral in Ottawa.

Sneddon and his family were among those who attended the primate’s traditional New Year’s Day Eucharist.

In his address, Archbishop Hiltz said the recent cut of $7-million in CIDA funding for KAIROS, the ecumenical church coalition that includes the Anglican Church, “denies hope for millions of people throughout the world and damages our reputation among the nations.”

Archbishop Hiltz said, “This crisis highlights the need for the churches to have a Secretariat for Government Relations here in the nation’s capital.” He added, “Given the multicultural and multi-religious complexion of our country, such a secretariat could reflect a strong partnership in the interest of human rights, among people of a variety of faith traditions.”


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