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Easter means fear cannot win – Welby

Justin Welby

The Archbishop of Canterbury is expected to warn people not to give in to fear after the attacks in Brussels, in his Easter Sunday sermon later.

The Most Rev Justin Welby will tell worshippers at Canterbury Cathedral that this week “risks causing us to act fearfully, to see a world in which fear triumphs”.

But he will also say: “On Easter Day hope decisively overcame fear”.

Tuesday’s bombings in Brussels left 28 people dead and dozens injured.

The archbishop is expected to say hope can seem far away and fear so close “in the shadow of this week’s darkness”.

“Fear is reasonable, a normal human reaction,” he will say.

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“Easter proclaims to us in flesh and blood that fear and death and terror are not the last words.

“God has spoken life, hope and purpose.

“Terror speaks of a world at war with itself, of faiths at each others’ throats.

“Jesus Christ reaches out not in exclusion but in embrace; this is the feast of the victory of God, and we celebrate in the midst of darkness, by our worship and praise shining an unquenchable light.”

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