Actress and humanitarian Angelina Jolie met with the Archbishop of Canterbury, the head of the Church Of England, on Thursday to discuss the ongoing refugee crisis, sexual violence and South Sudan.
Jolie was at Lambeth Palace in London to meet with Archbishop Justin Welby as part of her duties as a special envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner For Refugees, a position the Oscar-winning actress has held since 2012.
The actress and archbishop have worked together in the past, most-recently in 2015 when Jolie spoke with a number of religious leaders about the role faith groups can play in ending the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war.
After their 2015 meeting, Archbishop Welby called the humanitarian efforts by the actress “extraordinary”.
“The role of the U.N. Secretary General’s Special Envoy on Refugees, Angelina Jolie, is one that has been extraordinary,” Welby said of Jolie after their 2015 meeting. “What she said just now sums up so beautifully the issues we are facing, and puts it so precisely in terms of the challenge that there is. It’s wonderful that she has committed her time, her energy, and has taken great personal risks in order to be able to speak authentically as to what she’s done.”
The meeting has been a part of Jolie’s overseas trip to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the founding of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI) she founded in 2012. The actress has also been in England to promote the Time To Act initiative which holds sexual offenders accountable for their war crimes.
Jolie made the trip to England with son Maddox, 15. The pair were spotted enjoying a private tour of Buckingham Palace earlier in the week.