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Africa trip for leading clerics

PUBLISHED: 22:45 14 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:40 03 March 2010

TEN "ambassadors" are preparing to fly out from Suffolk to East Africa next week.

The group, lead by the Dean of St Edmundsbury Cathedral, the Very Revd James Atwell, is making the first visit for five years to Suffolk's sister diocese of Kagera in Tanzania.

TEN "ambassadors" are preparing to fly out from Suffolk to East Africa next week.

The group, lead by the Dean of St Edmundsbury Cathedral, the Very Revd James Atwell, is making the first visit for five years to Suffolk's sister diocese of Kagera in Tanzania.

"We're going to learn and share," says Peter Smith, chairman of the diocesan overseas mission group.

"But this visit also gives us an opportunity to further assess how our diocese might contribute to the building of a desperately needed church secondary school in this rapidly growing Christian area."

The group will also be taking medical equipment and supplies to the church hospital run by the Kagera Diocese in Murgwanza. The hospital is the region's only major medical facility and draws its patients from an area covering thousands of square miles.

The two-week trip offers the Dean the opportunity to consolidate links between St Edmundsbury Cathedral and its sister cathedral, St John's in Murgwanza.

"I am excited and looking forward to strengthening the Christian and human links between Suffolk and Tanzania," says the Dean. "Recent world events underline how important it is to have vibrant friendships across cultural and national boundaries."

Kagera's Bishop Aaron Kijanjali issued the invitation to travel to East Africa at a conference of Suffolk clergy last year.

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