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New Archbishop Of Canterbury 'Appointed'
The Bishop of Durham Justin Welby has accepted the post of Archbishop of Canterbury, according to newspaper reports.
The fourth most senior cleric in the Church of England will be announced as the successor to Dr Rowan Williams as early as Friday, the Daily Telegraph claims.
On Tuesday, bookmakers William Hill and Ladbrokes fuelled speculation that he was set to be appointed after they announced that they had closed their books on betting for the role following a rush of bets on Bishop Welby.
The Eton-educated bishop worked in the oil industry for 11 years before leaving to train for the Anglican priesthood. He was first ordained as a deacon in 1992.
He was made a rector in Southam in the same diocese in 1995 before being made a canon at Coventry Cathedral in 2002 where he also later became sub dean.
At Coventry Cathedral he became involved in conflict resolution and peace building in war-torn areas around the world, continuing this work after he was made Dean of Liverpool in 2007.
what do you think?
At least he looks normal
Another old Etonian, what a surprise.
Someone with experienceof the real world before being ordained is a big step forward. This is hopeful.
The new Mafia don is annointed. All he has to do is know one book inside out or, alternatively, buy the boxset which will include such cinematic greats as 'The Bible in the Beginning'; 'The Ten Commandments'; 'Samson and Delilah'; 'The Greatest Story Ever Told' and 'Return of Jesus - This Time it's Serious'. bonus DVD 'Life of Brian'. And he'll get a big, fat salary - bet he'll think he's died and gone to...well, you get the picture.