Bishop of Durham confirmed as Archbishop

Inauguration of the new Bishop of Durham Rt Rev Justin Welby

Inauguration of the new Bishop of Durham Rt Rev Justin Welby

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The Bishop of Durham, the Rt Rev Justin Welby, will be the next Archbishop of Canterbury, Downing Street confirmed today.

The former oil industry executive becomes the 105th holder of the post, replacing Rowan Williams.

No 10 made the unusual move of announcing the appointment on social networking site Twitter stating: “Downing Street is pleased to announce the appointment of Justin Welby as the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury.”