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Archbishop of Canterbury

Archbishop of Canterbury

The Archbishop of Canterbury is the senior bishop and principal leader of the Church of England, the symbolic head of the worldwide Anglican Communion and the diocesan bishop of the Diocese of Canterbury. The current Archbishop is the Most Revd and Rt Hon Justin Welby, who was enthroned at Canterbury Cathedral on 21 March 2013. Justin Welby is the 105th in a line which goes back more than 1,400 years to Augustine of Canterbury who was sent from Rome in 597AD.

The Archbishop presides over major services at the Cathedral, such as Easter and Christmas, but is normally based in Lambeth Palace. When in Canterbury, the Archbishop and his family reside in the Old Palace, immediately next to the Cathedral.

image of the Cathedral
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