Bishop of Durham Justin Welby is appointed as Britain's next archbishop of Canterbury

Associated Press

LONDON - Britain's government says the Bishop of Durham Justin Welby has been appointed as the next archbishop of Canterbury, leader of the Church of England.

Welby, 56, a fast-rising priest with only a year's experience as a bishop, has been chosen to succeed the retiring Rowan Williams.

The former oil executive is known for his business expertise and work on conflict resolution in Africa.

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