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Church leader selection begins

Members of a group responsible for senior Church of England appointments begin a three-day meeting today to decide who should succeed Dr Rowan Williams as Archbishop of Canterbury. The Crown Nominations Commission is meeting at a secret location.

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New Archbishop of Canterbury: The contenders

There has been growing speculation about possible candidates to replace Dr Williams, who leaves his post at the end of December.

No clear front-runner for the post appears to have emerged within the Church of England with a number of senior figures said to be possible contenders.

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, 63, Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire
The Bishop of London, the Rt Rev Richard Chartres, 65 Credit: PA/Ian Jones
The Bishop of Liverpool, the Rt Rev James Jones, 64 Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

The Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Rev Graham James, is another senior figure thought be under consideration.

The commission is also thought to be considering whether to appoint one of a younger generation of bishops including the Rt Rev Christopher Cocksworth, Bishop of Coventry, who is 53 years old, and the Rt Rev Justin Welby, 56, who was enthroned less than a year ago as Bishop of Durham.

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