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Former Liverpool Dean named new Archbishop of Canterbury

Justin Welby was Dean of Liverpool Cathedral between 2007 and 2011 Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

The current Dead of Liverpool, the Very Reverend Dr Pete Wilcox, said: "He will make an excellent leader of the Anglican Communion.

"The cathedral greatly benefited from his inspired leadership during his four years here, and in that time he undoubtedly gained the respect of colleagues and congregations alike.

"It’s an appointment which reflects well on the Diocese and City of Liverpool, and there is great confidence here that the skills and qualities he displayed as Dean will stand him in good stead in the challenges he will face in his new role.

"Our prayers are with Justin, Caroline and all the family as they embark on their new phase of ministry and with the people of the Diocese of Durham as they adapt to his departure."

Bishop of Liverpool congratulates former Dean on Canterbury appointment

"On behalf of the whole Diocese I warmly welcome Justin’s appointment as Archbishop of Canterbury and we take some pride in him having so recently been Dean of Liverpool and a close colleague.

"We all pray for him, Caroline and the whole family as they respond to God’s call. It is a unique position from which to serve the people of England and the Anglican Communion.

"We live in a time of challenge and opportunity for people of faith to show God’s love in the world. Justin has a range of skills and abilities that will equip him well in this important ministry.

"He can be assured of the faithful prayers of the Diocese of Liverpool as he prepares for this historic opportunity."

– Bishop of Liverpool Rt Rev James Jones