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The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu, who was initially thought to be one the front runners for the role of Archbishop of Canterbury, said in a statement that the "tipsters and lobbyists’ predictions can now return to silence".
Speaking publicly for the first time since his appointment as the next Archbishop of Canterbury was confirmed, the Rt Rev Justin Welby began with a prayer followed by a joke, which appeared to only raise one laugh.
David Cameron has welcomed the appointment of the Rt Rev Justin Welby saying he "wished him success in his new role".
The Rt Revd Justin Welby has said he will vote in favour of the ordination of women bishops.
Speaking at a news conference after he was officially unveiled as the new Archbishop of Canterbury, he said:
The Bishop of Durham has been officially unveiled as the new Archbishop of Canterbury today.
The Rt Rev Justin Welby, a former oil industry executive, said of his appointment:
"Well this is the best-kept secret since the last cabinet reshuffle.
"To be nominated to this post is astonishing and exciting, something I never expected".
Tony Blair has expressed his "delight" at the appointment of Bishop Justin Welby as Archbishop of Canterbury.
Justin Welby, who is set to be unveiled as the new Archbishop of Canterbury later this morning, will oversee the consecration of the first woman bishop in his new role, the Times (£) reported.
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A new chapter in the history of the Church of England began today as Justin Welby was anointed leader of the divided congregation.
The Bishop of Durham will be officially unveiled as the new Archbishop of Canterbury today.