THE Bishop of Portsmouth has welcomed the announcement that the Rt Rev Justin Welby will become the next Archbishop of Canterbury.
Rt Rev Christopher Foster, who leads the Church of England in south-east Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, has expressed delight at the appointment.
He said: ‘I welcome the news that Bishop Justin Welby is to be the next Archbishop of Canterbury.
‘He will bring his vigorous faith in Jesus Christ and a passion for reconciliation and truth.
‘His previous experience in business and the world, combined with his ordained ministry in Coventry, Liverpool and Durham, give him great insight into the challenges and opportunities for the church and the gospel in the coming years.
‘I am confident he will speak and lead with clarity about the issues facing the nation and the world.’
Rev Welby, the current Bishop of Durham, 56, will be enthroned as Archbishop of Canterbury in Canterbury Cathedral on March 21, 2013.