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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.

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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