LONDON, United Kingdom (UPDATED) – The leader of the world’s Anglicans said 2016 had left humanity “more awash with fear and division”, in his Christmas Day sermon on Sunday, December 25.

Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, said the world’s values were “in the wrong place”, with economic, technological and communications progress failing to deliver justice.

He said the anxiety of modern times showed that trusting and believing in materialism had not worked.

Welby, the spiritual leader of the Church of England and the global communion of 85 million Anglican Christians, delivered his Christmas sermon at the mother church of Canterbury Cathedral in southeast England.

“The end of 2016 finds us all in a different kind of world; one less predictable and certain, which feels more awash with fear and division,” he said.

“Uncertainty in the midst of much, but far from universal, prosperity is a sign of our trust being in the wrong things.

“That uncertainty of our world, our feelings, tells us that our values are in the wrong place,” he said.  CONTINUE READING