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Archbishop Justin takes office

The Bishop of Durham, Justin Welby, has officially become the Archbishop of Canterbury in a service at St Paul's Cathedral.

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New Archbishop takes office

The new Archbishop of Canterbury has formally taken office at a ceremony in St Paul's Cathedral.

Justin Welby, the former Bishop of Durham, has been confirmed as the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury at a service attended by the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, and other senior bishops.

The ceremony forms part of the legal process for appointing a new Archbishop of Canterbury and will be followed by Bishop Welby's enthronement at Canterbury Cathedral next month.

The 57-year-old former oil executive succeeds Dr Rowan Williams, who left after a decade in the job in December.

In a farewell service held last month at Durham Cathedral, Bishop Welby, a former oil executive, spoke of the excitement and apprehension he felt about taking up his new role as head of the Church of England and spiritual leader of the Anglican Communion.

"I'm feeling apprehensive, thoughtful and excited as I anticipate it. I'm extremely conscious of what it means to be asked to do the job.

There's a huge number of challenges, I've got to find my way into the role which personally is a huge challenge."

– Archbishop Justin Welby

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