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Statement on the Announcement of a New Archbishop of Canterbury

Archbishop of Canterbury Designate, The Rt Reverend Justin Welby.

Friday 9th November 2012

Following the announcement that Bishop Justin Welby will be the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury, the Archbishop of York has released the following statement...

Bishop Justin Welby has many gifts and unique experience to bring to this daunting office. More importantly he, like Archbishop Rowan, is a man of God. I have been praying for him, will go on doing so with renewed vigour, and will continue to work with him as a brother and friend in Christ. He can count on the same brotherly affection and co-operation that I have given Archbishop Rowan.


The tipsters and lobbyists’ predictions can now return to silence. The appointment of an Archbishop is neither akin to a horse race nor a presidential campaign, and it is a relief that the rumour-mill which has been grinding out misinformation, has now ground to a halt.


This country and our world need a missionary to share with them the all-encompassing message of the love of God in Jesus Christ, who rose gloriously from an ignominious death. That is the great role to which Bishop Justin has been called.


Prayer is the Church’s greatest weapon, without which we are spiritually powerless. I call upon everyone in the Province of York, and in the wider Anglican Communion, especially those in the Global South, to spend time with God on their knees, bringing Bishop Justin, Caroline and their children before Him and asking that he be given wisdom, courage and the grace of Jesus Christ.


Finally, a big thank you to the many, many people from all walks of life in our Four Nations, the Global South, the Diocese of York, the Northern Province, my loyal staff family at Bishopthorpe Palace, who have specifically prayed, supported and encouraged me in the past seven months.

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