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Students quiz Archbishop

Students were given the chance to quiz the Rt Hon Dr Rowan Williams when he paid a visit to their university.

The Archbishop of Canterbury took part in a question and answer session during his visit to Canterbury Christ Church University as part of its jubilee celebrations.

The Archbishop, who is also the university’s chancellor, was open to questions from all students and staff during the special session.

He faced questions on topics such as the importance of religious education within the national curriculum and how it can help build an understanding and respect of different religions; the role that the Christian faith can play in a new world order; and its responsibility in helping to promote religious tolerance and equal civil rights for all.

University vice-chancellor, Professor Robin Baker CMG, said: “We are enormously fortunate at Christ Church to have Archbishop Rowan as our chancellor. His understanding of universities and students is deep and his willingness to debate the vital questions of the age with our students was hugely appreciated by them.”

Dr Williams also met with students from the university’s politics and international relations programme to talk about the subject of toleration in liberal societies.

Dr David Bates, programme director of politics and international relations, said: “It was a great opportunity for our students to question a leading world figure. They asked a variety of challenging questions and Dr Williams was open and encouraging in his responses, arguing that the Church of England can perform a positive role in promoting both diversity of religious beliefs and practices within a tolerant, multicultural society.”

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