Coventry has become a symbol of peace and reconciliation between Germany and the United Kingdom after the Second World War. The city was bombed by the German Luftwaffe during the war. In November 1940, the city centre was largely destroyed, including St. Michael’s Cathedral. Since the end of the war, Coventry city and its cathedral have done much to promote not only reconciliation between Germans and Britons, but also peace around the world.
The ruins of St. Michael’s Cathedral now serve as a place of remembrance.
Dr. Christopher Cocksworth has been Bishop of Coventry and hence head of the Anglican diocese of Coventry since 2008. He has made a remarkable contribution, based on deep personal conviction, to fostering understanding between nations and peace in Europe. His wide-ranging, enduring commitment to German-British relations in the areas of religion, ecumenical matters and reconciliation has been vital in building, maintaining and strengthening bridges between Germany and the United Kingdom.
Bishop Cocksworth is actively involved in Coventry’s twinnings with Kiel and Dresden. He is also an ex-officio trustee of the Frauenkirche Dresden Foundation, Patron of the International Friendship and Reconciliation Trust and Patron of the Dresden Trust.
Ambassador Michaelis thanked Bishop Cocksworth for his tireless efforts in the name of reconciliation between Germany and the United Kingdom:
“You are an outstanding bridge-builder, an ardent champion of reconciliation and peace, and a staunch and inspirational campaigner against prejudice and injustice.
You nurture the spiritual legacy of reconciliation through your very close ties with Germany as well as your inspiring dedication to Coventry's twinnings with Kiel and Dresden.”
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