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Dr Sentamu to lead Jamaica independence celebrations: The Church of England Newspaper, December 9, 2011 p 5. December 12, 2011

Posted by geoconger in Archbishop of York, Church of England, Church of England Newspaper.

First printed in The Church of England Newspaper.

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu has been asked by the Government of Jamaica to kick off a year of celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of independence for the West Indian country.

Dr Sentamu is scheduled to visit the island from 21 – 31 January 2012, the Jamaican tourist board reports, and will be a guest of the government and the Diocese of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands.

The Archbishop led celebrations in 2007 marking the anniversary of the end of slavery and was warmly received across Jamaica. The intervening years have not been kind to the island nation, however, which has seen a continued rise in violent crime and political corruption.

A poll released last July reported that 50 years after independence, 60 per cent of Jamaicans said they would be better off having remained a British colony. Most Jamaicans believe they would be better off if they were still ruled by Britain, a poll shows.

Only 17 per cent of those surveyed said they would be worse off if they had remained a colony. In an editorial printed under the headline “Give Us The Queen!”, the Daily Gleaner said most Jamaicans longed for the stability of colonial rule and had become “disillusioned” by the country’s corrupt political culture and high crime.

VisitJamaica.com, a website for the state tourist board reports Dr Sentamu will lead an ecumenical independence service in Montego Bay, an Anglican service at Spanish Town Cathedral, and the National Jamaica 50 Ecumenical Service at Emancipation Park in Kingston.

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