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Archbishop of Canterbury steps down **UPDATED

by Michael Ford last modified 28 Mar, 2012 11:53 AM

The Archbishop of Canterbury has announced this morning that he has accepted the position of Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, with effect from January 2013.

Archbishop of Canterbury steps down **UPDATED

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams

He will accordingly be stepping down from his present office at the end of December. The text of Archbishop Rowan’s announcement is at .

The process for selecting a successor is being put in hand straightaway with a view to an announcement being made in the autumn.  Archbishop Rowan will be continuing to carry out all his responsibilities until the end of the year. The hope is that any interregnum thereafter will be as short as possible.

The Bishop of Salisbury, Nicholas Holtam, said today:

“Archbishop Rowan Williams has provided outstanding leadership of the Church of England and Anglican Communion in what has been a difficult time. His intellectual ability, theological insight and creative imagination have allowed him to engage with some of the big issues of the day. His deep spirituality and humility mark him out as one of the great Christians of our time. To have an Archbishop who could publish a major work on Dostoyevsky as well as a collection of poetry on the eve of the Lambeth Conference has been an extraordinary gift to the Church. I am grateful to God for him and for his wife, Jane. They will have  much still to do before they leave for Cambridge. On behalf of the Diocese of Salisbury,  I thank them with all my heart and wish them well for all that lies ahead.”

UPDATE: To hear Bishop Nicholas' interview with BBC Wiltshire Sound on Sunday 18 March, click here.

Further information contact
The Revd Jonathan Ball, Bishop's Chaplain
01722 334031, 


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