The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby arrived in Coventry yesterday at the start of a four day visit to the region.
He arrived at the railway station to be greeted by local schoolchildren and after a trip to the Transport Museum for a seminar in a classic car, he was officially welcomed to the city by Lord Mayor Cllr Tony Skipper at a reception at the Council House.
During his visit the Archbishop will be meeting business and faith leaders, as well as talking to schoolchildren and health workers and travelling around the city and Warwickshire.
He will also be helping to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Coventry Diocese.
In welcoming him, the Lord Mayor praised the work of the Diocese and the city's churches, saying: "Our churches build communities, bring people together and spread a message of peace and friendship – led by our magnificent cathedral that is known around the world as a symbol of reconciliation.
"Their strong legacy of faith and caring for our fellow man has helped us to build a marvellous diverse melting-pot of a city that is a role model for others.
"We are a city of refuge and sanctuary and we are proud to offer help to those in need – but they also help us so much and enrich our lives.
"Our new residents bring their traditions and cultures from around the globe to make our city a truly amazing place, where people of all races and faiths live happily side by side.
"I know that message is very dear to your heart and that your time leading the cathedral’s international reconciliation work still inspires you today.
"It also inspires the people of Coventry and thousands of others around the world. Thank you for everything you have done for Coventry."
Today, Archbishop Justin will be in Rugby and Southam, with visits to South Warwickshire NHS, Southam College and St James CofE School.