The Right Rev Justin Welby, who became a Bishop just last year as the Bishop of Durham, has been confirmed as the next Archbishop of Canterbury. He replaces Rowan Williams who is retiring in December after 10 years. Bishop Welby will become the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury and the spiritual leader of the 77 million-strong Anglican Communion.
Speaking at a press conference the Bishop Welby, says his appointment to the post is both "astonishing and exciting." He will take up his new job of the Church of England's most senior post vat a ceremony at Canterbury Cathedral on 21 March 2013.
Prime Minister David Cameron confirmed Bishop Welby's appointment via Twitter. He said ‘His appointment follows much speculation but he then went on to joke: "Well, that was the best-kept secret since the last cabinet reshuffle."
But what is the opinion of this new Archbishop of Canterbury so far? Well, he has already addressed several controversial issues, including stating he would be voting in favour of ordaining women bishops in the Church of England, which has been a divisive issue in recent years.
He enjoys great praise and recommendation from the outgoing Archbishop Rowan Williams, who said he was ‘delighted by the appointment and that he would bring to this office both a rich pastoral experience and a keen sense of international priorities, for Church and world."
Written and presented by Ann Salter