New archbishop confirmed

New Archbishop of Canterbury The Rt. Rev. Justin Welby.
New Archbishop of Canterbury The Rt. Rev. Justin Welby.

LONDON — The new Archbishop of Canterbury has been confirmed into the role in a legal ceremony at St. Paul’s Cathedral.

The Rt Rev Justin Welby, 57, has become the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury, replacing Lord Williams, 62, who held the post for 10 years.

The office of archbishop was conferred on him, terminating his former role as Bishop of Durham, in the ceremony known as the Confirmation of Election.

The archbishop’s enthronement takes place at Canterbury Cathedral in March.

The appointment of Bishop Welby to the most senior post in the Church of England was announced in November.

Williams stepped down in December.

The Confirmation of Election ceremony was presided over by Archbishop of York, John Sentamu.

Bishop Welby takes the post as the church wrestles with controversial issues including same-sex marriage and the consecration of women bishops.

He has said it is a time for “optimism and for faith” in the church.

“The church will certainly get things wrong, I certainly will get things wrong. We will also get much right and do so already,” he said following the announcement of his appointment last year.

He was first ordained in 1992, having spent 11 years working in the oil industry before turning his back on a successful career to study theology at Durham.

He had only been a bishop for just over a year when he was chosen to become Archbishop of Canterbury. (BBC)

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