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Ceremony for new Archbishop of Canterbury

4 February 2013

The former Bishop of Durham, Justin Welby, will become the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury at a service at St Paul's Cathedral in London today, legally confirming his selection last year. What has been a dry legal ceremony has now been transformed into a church service for the new leader of the Church of England. BBC Religious Affairs correspondent, Robert Pigott, reports:

Even by the standards of Church ritual, the confirmation of an Archbishop of Canterbury's election is an extraordinary event. Senior bishops will sit in St Paul's Cathedral as a court of law, using elaborate language and flowery titles to certify Justin Welby in his new post.

The ceremony, little changed over centuries, was originally intended to prevent false claimants being appointed to what were lucrative posts as bishop. Bishop Welby's enthronement, amid colourful ritual and soaring music is next month in Canterbury Cathedral, and the event has usually eclipsed this legal ceremony.

However, Justin Welby requested that today's event be set in a full church service including hymns and a sermon - to reflect the essentially religious nature of his new post. As the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, reads and signs a "final proclamation", Bishop Welby will become archbishop, and spiritual leader of some 80 million Anglicans across the world.

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