New Archbishop's enthronement

Justin Welby set to be enthroned as 105th Archbishop of Canterbury




Welby's 'profound thanks' ahead of enthronement

The Most Rev Justin Welby has given his "profound thanks" to everyone preparing for his enthronement as the Archbishop of Canterbury.


Out early this morning, Canterbury is beautiful, human scale and history falling out of the walls everywhere. Grateful to be here.


Everywhere signs of preparation for the service today on Canterbury. So many people working so hard, profound thanks to them all, incl media

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Welby believes there will be a female archbishop

The Most Rev Justin Welby said he believes a woman will one day be made archbishop and added that some gay couples have loving relationships of "stunning quality", ahead of today's enthronement.

The Most Rev Justin Welby speaking ahead of the vote on women bishops in November 2012. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The head of the Church of England told Channel 5 News he thought there would be a female archbishop one day in spite of the defeat of women bishops legislation last November.

Pressed on the timing, he said: "Oh, I have no idea...when the right person turns up. But, yes, I think there certainly will."

In a separate interview with BBC News, the Most Rev Welby backed traditional Church teaching on homosexuality but said: "You see gay relationships that are just stunning in the quality of the relationship."

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