INTRODUCTION: The Right Reverend Philip Russell, Bishop of Natal, and the most senior Anglican bishop in southern Africa, is to become the new Archbishop of Capetown.
GV EXTERIOR Church of Christ PAN DOWN TO Bishops on steps
CU Rt. Rev. Philip Russell. GV Bishops, including Russell (2 shots)
GVs Bishops outside church (3 shots)
CU Russell speaking
GV Black clergymen ringing bell outside St. Augustine's, Soweto
GV PAN ACROSS Congregation singing inside St. Augustine's
GV Tutu participating in service. GV clergymen PAN TO congregation (2 shots)
GVs Tutu speaking to congregation in English and translator repeating his words and altar and congregation from back of church (2 shots)
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)
RUSSELL: (SEQ 4): "If we believe in a God or order, as we do, and if we believe that one of the tasks of the Christian is to be, as I said just now, Christ's agent for concerning the world, then the Church has a very definite role to play in the ordering of society. Part of that role, I believe, I think the word is 'conscientising' (phonetic) to people to what is going on. There's so much ignorance in our land. I wonder, for example, how many people have been to see a resettlement scheme. I wonder how many have ever imagined what it must be like to live in a township, five or ten kilometres from the town, and so on."
TUTU: (SEQ 8): "There is a great deal of injustice in this land. There is oppression and exploitation in this land. You and I together in the power of our Lord Jesus Christ will work together with God for the destruction of this evil system."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The Right Reverend Philip Russell, Bishop of Natal, and the most senior Anglican bishop in southern Africa, is to become the new Archbishop of Capetown. In a closely fought election, he has defeated Bishop Desmond Tutu, general secretary of the South African Council for Churches, and the Right Reverend Michael Nuttall, Bishop of Pretoria. Bishop Tutu was strongly favoured for the appointment as the first black leader of the church. But, at the age of 50, it was felt he was still too young for such an important post.
SYNOPSIS: The Church's Cape Town diocese announced Bishop Russell's appointment on Friday (1 May). It took two days for the elective assembly to approve the decision. He was chosen partly because he is the church's most senior bishop, and mainly because of his impressive ecclesiastical record.
Bishop Russell first became a rector in South Africa Eastern Cape after World War Two, and is one of many cities of the country's system of racial segregation. He spoke to reporters about the Church's role in society:
Another appointment in the Church was made two days later in the black township of Soweto, just outside Johannesburg. Bishop Tutu was being installed as rector of St. Augustine's Anglican church before a packed congregation.
The outspoken Bishop, who had his passport taken away for the second time last month, told his new parishioners they would be in the forefront of the fight for racial equality in South Africa: