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New Archbishop of Wales enthroned

Archbishop of Wales, John Davies Credit: The Church in Wales

The new Archbishop of Wales, John Davies, will be enthroned at Brecon Cathedral this afternoon.

The Bishop of Swansea and Brecon, John Davies, was elected as the thirteenth Archbishop of Wales in September.

During today's service he will be placed in the Archiepiscopal chair and presented to the congregation. The chair, or throne, is a wooden replica of the Chair of St Augustine in Canterbury Cathedral, and was given to the Church in Wales in 1920.

Today's service is expected to last an hour.


New Archbishop of Wales announced

The new Archbishop of Wales has been chosen following a day of discussions.

The Bishop of Swansea & Brecon is the 13th Archbishop of Wales. Credit: David Jones/PA Archive/PA Images

The Rt Revd John Davies, Bishop of Swansea & Brecon, secured the necessary two-thirds of votes to be elected the 13th Archbishop of Wales.

He will succeed recently retired Dr Barry Morgan, who held the office for 14 years.

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Six serving Welsh diocesan bishops were in the running for the post, including two women.


Church closes for Christmas over asbestos fears

A church is set have a Silent Night over Christmas after it was forced to close because of health and safety fears over its organ.

St James Church in Swansea had lined up a host of festive services planned but is temporarily closing after asbestos was found in the organ.

St James' Church will be closed over the festive period. Credit: St James' Church

Asbestos has been found in the church organ, which has not been used for some time.

The vicar and church wardens have been advised by an experienced building surveyor that the church building should not be used pending further investigation.

Such investigation may well prove that the continued use of the church would have been safe.

However, this is a necessary precautionary measure at this stage of investigation.

The matter is being addressed urgently.

– St James' Church spokeperson

Sunday services will be held in the Parish Centre until the church reopens.

According to the Health and Safety Executive asbestos still kills around 5000 people each year which is higher than the amount of people killed on the road.

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