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Primate Writes French Archbishop About Nuclear Testing

Date 28 May 1996 05:47:06

Canon James M. Rosenthal, Director of Communications
Tel. 44 0171 620-1110

763 ACC

(New Zealand Churches News) An open letter from the Archbishop of the 
Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, and diocesan 
bishop of Wellington, September 1995 (English translation) to:

Archbishop Joseph Duval
President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of France.

Dear Brother in Christ

By decision of our diocesan synod on 16 September, I am writing to you 
to express the support of the people of God in the Diocese of 
Wellington, New Zealand, for the stand you have taken on French nuclear 
testing at Mururoa, French Polynesia.

The synod has taken note of your various statements on this matter, 
and those of the Council of French Christian Churches. These tests 
are damaging to God's creation. Like you, we are also convinced that 
they `do not serve the cause of peace' which our Lord asks of us.

We are with you in prayer and should like to encourage you and your 
brother bishops to take up this matter again with the President of 
France and his government, so that France abandons the tests.

The Most Revd Brian Davis

Anglican Communion News Service
157 Waterloo Road, London SE1 8UT, England
Fax 44 0171 620-1071

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