2012-11-09 Vatican Radio(Vatican Radio) The Rt Rev Justin Welby, currently Anglican bishop of Durham in the north of England, was named on Friday as the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury.
Married, with five children, Welby worked for eleven years in Paris and London as a senior manager in the oil industry before pursuing a vocation in the Church. He was ordained deacon in 1992 and worked for 15 years in the diocese of Coventry, where he became a leader in the ministry of reconciliation with which Coventry Cathedral has long been associated.
In 2007 he was appointed Dean of Liverpool, while continuing to do mediation and conflict resolution work overseas, and last year he was made bishop in Durham, the fourth most senior post in the Church of England.
The news of his appointment to head the Church of England was welcomed by Cardinal Kurt Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity, who said he would be travelling to England for the installation next year.
To find out more about the new archbishop of Canterbury, Vatican Radio’s Philippa Hitchen spoke with Professor Paul Murray, director of the Centre for Catholic Studies at Durham University…