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Britain Names New Archbishop of Canterbury

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Justin Welby, the Bishop of Durham, walks through Westminster in London, November 8, 2012.

Britain's government says a new leader of the Church of England has been selected -- former businessman and current Bishop of Durham Justin Welby.

Prime Minister David Cameron's office made the announcement Friday, after a long wait for the selection of a successor to the outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams.


Welby is against gay marriage but supports ordination of female bishops -- two issues that have divided the Anglican church. He spent years in the oil business before joining the ministry and rapidly ascending through its ranks. He has spent only a year as a bishop.
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