Dioceses renew special relationship

Wednesday 16 January 2013 Updated: 16/01 11:10

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A SPECIAL relationship between the dioceses of Worcester and Peru which has lasted more than two decades has been renewed.

A new partnership agreement was signed by the Bishop of Worcester Dr John Inge and Bishop William Godfrey, 21 years after the link was first founded.

It comes after a visit by a group of people from Worcester to the South American country last year to discuss the relationship between the two dioceses, including what it has achieved and where it should go next.

The link was set up to encourage and help the dioceses fulfil their call to mission in a spirit of friendship, strengthening the bonds of affection and solidarity in the worldwide Anglican Communion.

Bishop John said the diocese's partnership with Peru was both inspirational and enlightening.

"Over the time of our relationship there have been many visits between the two countries by individuals, parishes and schools and we have learnt much from each other," he said.

"Our friends in Peru do some very impressive work among the poorest of the poor in Lima and elsewhere and always have a tremendous energy for mission seen in planting new churches across their country."

Worcester also has partnership links with the Diocese of Morogoro and the Diocese of Magdeburg in Germany.

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