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William Hill and Ladbrokes also fuelled speculation surrounding Rt Rev Justin Welby, announcing that their books on betting for the Archbishop of Canterbury were now closed following a rush of bets on the bishop.
The Crown Nominations Commission put the Rt Rev Justin Welby's name forward to Downing Street.
Reports of his appointment came after he pulled out of a scheduled national radio appearance, planned for Friday.
The outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has today stressed the importance of his successor in being able to communicate properly through the media, according to a report in The Times:
Rt Rev Justin Welby, the fourth most senior cleric in the Church of England, will be announced as successor to Dr Rowan Williams as soon as Friday, sources have told the Telegraph.
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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.