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Christian Aid pays tribute to outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury

March 16 2012 - Christian Aid today paid tribute to Dr Rowan Williams, who has announced that he is to step down as Archbishop of Canterbury later this year.

Christian Aid Director Loretta Minghella said: ‘Archbishop Rowan has played an important role in debates around international development, ensuring that the voices of those in poverty are brought to the attention of policy makers both here and abroad. 

‘As leader of one of Christian Aid's sponsoring churches, he has been a source of inspiration and support, both to the organisation as a whole and to me personally, encouraging us to be clear and confident about the theological underpinnings of our work and always to search for the best ways to be effective on the ground.

‘We have been particularly grateful for the way he has publicly highlighted important systemic issues - from climate change to economic justice - which must be addressed if our relationships with each other and with future generations are to reflect the will of God. We will miss him very much.’

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Notes to Editors:

1. Christian Aid works in some of the world's poorest communities in nearly 50 countries. We act where the need is greatest, regardless of religion, helping people build the lives they deserve.

2. Christian Aid has a vision, an end to global poverty, and we believe that vision can become a reality. Our report, Poverty Over, explains what we believe needs to be done – and can be done – to end poverty.  Details at http://www.christianaid.org.uk/Images/poverty-over-report.pdf

3. Christian Aid is a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of 100 churches and church-related organisations that work together inhumanitarian assistance and development.  Further details at http://www.actalliance.org

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5. For more information about the work of Christian Aid visit www.christianaid.org.uk