From Reuters, via the Washington Post:
The head of the world’s Anglican church held a service in Beijing for the first time on Sunday and welcomed Christians playing a role in China in discussions on issues ranging from censorship to the death penalty.
During his two-week visit, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams had discussions with national and local government officials on areas such as the environment, an aging society, censorship and the death penalty, and is encouraged that such debates are beginning to develop.
“There is great opportunity for Christian leaders and Christian intellectuals to play their part in these responsible discussions,” the spiritual leader of 77 million Anglicans worldwide told a church gathering of about 700, mostly Chinese. [Full text]
-You can read notes from Williams’ trip to China on the official website of the Archbishop of Canterbury. For another perspective on William’s visit to China and Christianity in China, read this Sky News report, “China’s Secret Church.”