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Archbishop of York Speaks out on Hope Not Hate Campaign

Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu.

Thursday 8th October 2009

The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu today called for people to unite behind the Hope Not Hate anti-racism campaign.

Speaking at the 100th anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone of Diocesan Church House in Deansgate, Manchester, the Archbishop of York said:

"I hope that the whole of this community in Manchester will unite behind the Hope Not Hate pledge. It is an important campaign that what matters in this life is turning enemies into friends – not friends into enemies.

"1 Corinthians 13 tells us we should show faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these things is love. You cannot love through hate, hate is driven by fear. Love banishes all hate. If you do not respect other people, you cannot fully respect yourself.

"We are made in the image of God, no matter our colour, culture or ethnicity. I hope that the people of this great city will banish hate and embrace hope. "

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