Justin Welby – the new Archbishop of Canterbury

The new archbishop of Canterbury, spiritual leader of the world’s 77 million Anglicans, may seem like a surprising choice: Justin Welby is a former oil executive known for his business expertise and experience dealing with conflict resolution in Africa; he has just one year’s experience as a bishop, the AP reports.

The fast-rising priest will succeed the retiring Rowan Williams, making him the 105th holder of the post. Welby said he felt privileged to lead the church at „a time of spiritual hunger”, adding, „It’s something I never expected”.

Welby exited the business world and began life as a village parish priest in 1987, four years after his baby daughter died in a car accident that he said „in a strange way” brought his wife and him „closer to God”. Click for more on his background.

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