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Justin Welby is made Archbishop of Canterbury at St Paul's

Justin Welby has officially become Archbishop of Canterbury in a service held at St Paul's Cathedral.

The former Bishop of Durham completed all the necessary legalities to be confirmed into the post, in a service led by the Archbishop of York and overseen by the Provincial Registrar and a number of other legal officials.


Attending the service were many people who had worked with Justin Welby during his career, notably from the dioceses of Coventry, Liverpool and Durham.

As well as being a legal formality, the service contained readings, prayers, hymns and an anthem, as well as an address by the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu.

He told the new Archbishop that "life is found in simple things" and that "We can find happiness in solitude, but can only find joy in the company of others - we need the divine other to open our hearts."

Earlier in the day, he had said: "Archbishop Justin Welby brings many gifts to bring to the office of Archbishop of Canterbury. He has my prayers and my support as he assumes this challenging role in the service of the Church of England and of the Anglican Communion worldwide. Today his Election has been Confirmed as Archbishop of Canterbury – it is official. May God bless you Justin."

At the end of the service, the new Archbishop and his wife, Caroline, left through the Great West Doors to face a bank of press photographers.

The Most Reverend Justin Welby will be enthroned in a service at Canterbury Cathedral on March 21.

Download the order of service.