Archbishop Of Canterbury Enthroned

Archbishop Of Canterbury Enthroned

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Archbishop Of Canterbury Enthroned. The Most Rev Justin Welby is confirmed as the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury in the presence of Prince Charles and David Cameron.

The Most Rev Justin Welby has been enthroned as the new Archbishop of Canterbury at the city’s cathedral.

The 57-year-old was formally sworn in as head of the Church of England and spiritual leader of the 85 million-strong Anglican global communion.

In his first sermon, he said: “There is every possible reason for optimism about the future of Christian faith in our world and in this country.”

Prime Minister David Cameron and the Prince of Wales were among the 2,000 guests at Canterbury Cathedral.

Archbishop Welby told them: “The present challenges of environment and economy, of human development and global poverty, can only be faced with extraordinary Christ-liberated courage.”

He went on: “Courage is released in a society that is under the authority of God, so that we may become the fully human community of which we all dream.”

The service – which featured Punjabi music, African dancers and drummers and an organ improvisation – was attended by dignitaries including Prince Charles and Prime Minister David Cameron.

The ceremony developed despite protesters gathering earlier outside Canterbury Cathedral, demonstrating against cuts to public services and the so-called bedroom tax.

Mr Welby arrived at the West Door of the cathedral, dressed in a cope, stole and mitre made from gold-coloured silk.

He then performed the symbolic act of striking the door three times with the end of his staff, formally requesting admission.

In his enthronement address, the archbishop warned against abandoning the church, saying improvements in working conditions, the creation of the NHS and the abolition of slavery were a result of “Christ-liberated courage”.

“Today we may properly differ on the degrees of state and private responsibility in a healthy society,” he said.

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