1. ITV Report

Next Archbishop of Wales to be decided

A meeting to decide the next Archbishop of Wales will take place at Llandrindod Wells today - though the decision could take up until Thursday to be made.

The Electoral College will meet inside Holy Trinity Church in Llandrindod Wells to choose the 13th Archbishop of Wales. Credit: PA

The new Archbishop will succeed recently retired Dr Barry Morgan who held the office for 14 years. He was the longest serving archbishop in the worldwide Anglican Communion.

Dr Barry Morgan retired earlier this year after nearly 14 years at the helm. Credit: PA

Dr Morgan's successor will be chosen from six serving Welsh diocesan bishops.

They are:

  • The Bishop of Swansea & Brecon, John Davies
  • The Bishop of Bangor, Andy John
  • The Bishop of St Asaph, Gregory Cameron
  • The Bishop of Monmouth, Richard Pain
  • The Bishop of St Davids, Joanna Penberthy
  • The Bishop of Llandaff, June Osborne

The doors of Holy Trinity Church will be locked for up to three days as the Electoral College meets inside to choose the 13th Archbishop of Wales. The town has been the location for the election of all the Archbishops of Wales since the first in 1920.

A nominee must achieve two-thirds of the votes of the college to be elected. If, after a vote is taken, no candidate receives the necessary votes, the process begins with fresh nominations - which may or may not include those nominated in the previous round.

The College can take up to three days to elect an Archbishop. If it fails to do so after this time, the decision passes to the Bench of Bishops.