November 9, 2012. (Romereports.com)
The next Archbishop of Canterbury is Justin Welby, who is quite popular for openly criticizing financial speculation. This coming January, he will become the head of the Church of England, as he replaces Rowan Williams, who has held that post since 2002.
Welby says he feels close to the social doctrine of the Catholic Church. Since the announcement, he has been welcomed by Catholic bishops in Britain.
Come January, he will become the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury and the religious leader of 77 million Anglicans worldwide.
The 56 year old is married and has five children. Previously he was an executive in the oil industry. He decided to become ordained at the age of 33, when his seven month old daughter died in a traffic accident.
As part of the selection process, the Crown Nominations Commission, nominated two candidates. The Prime Minister made a selection between the two.
Then Queen Elizabeth II, as the governess of the Church of England, ratified the decision, making it official.
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