Corona virus is an "unrestricted evil," says Archbishop of Canterbury
The Archbishop of Canterbury has described the coronavirus pandemic as "unrestricted evil".
Covid-19 has killed nearly 20,000 people in the UK and infected at least 143,000.
Archbishop Justin Welby told Prime Minister Christian Radio that it was a challenge not to be in the family and to see colleagues get sick, but he hoped that the common experience of the pandemic would unite the Church more.
"I think one of the big effects is renewing the feeling that we all belong to Christ," he said. "John 17: & # 39; The world will see that we are one & # 39; and I hope we can build on that."
He admitted that the switch to online services took some getting used to and that he didn't feel the same level of commitment to talking to people about a camera, but he said he was from the online services he had participated in , "deeply moved" in.
"You made contact in a way that surprised me and that I think is a sign of the work of the mind," he said.
"We find it all over the country. There are so many clergymen across the country who flow from really simple facilities, find a large number of people online with them and make a big impact."
While criticized for instructing to keep church buildings closed during the closure, the archbishop told Prime Minister that he would seek to reopen them as soon as the restrictions abated.
"I'm number one in the queue to open again," he said. "But we have to meet four or five conditions and support the NHS as long as it is necessary.
"I hope that the clergy can get back in as soon as the lock goes down and I hope that we will have very limited use as soon as possible, but I can't set a date for it."