Portsmouth bishop pays tribute to archbishop

Fareham MP Suella Fernandes, second right, and Minister of State for Schools The Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP, centre, with representatives from Portchester Community School  and Henry Cort Community College

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THE Anglican Bishop of Portsmouth has paid tribute to the Archbishop of Canterbury after he announced he will step down.

The Rt Rev Christopher Foster said it was rare for the country and Church of England to be served by a person of the stature of Dr Rowan Williams.

Dr Williams announced yesterday morning his acceptance of the position of Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge with effect from January 2013. He will step down from his current role at the end of December 2012.

Bishop Christopher said: ‘Archbishop Rowan’s ministry has been marked by grace, humility and wisdom.

‘He has worked tirelessly in a gruelling job and he will be long and warmly remembered for his gentle insistence, at the cost of some personal criticism, that the Christian gospel proclaims unity, justice and truth. They are Jesus’s priorities and the Archbishop has lived them for us all.’

Dr Williams became the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury in 2002 and his successor has not yet been decided.

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