Archbishop to be selected
REPRESENTATIVES of the Prime Minister and the Archbishop will be in Canterbury today as part of the process to select the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury.
They will meet church groups, businesses, schools and local councillors, including the Lord Mayor of Canterbury, Councillor Ian Thomas, to hear their views.
A public meeting will also be held tonight (Thursday) at the International Studies Centre at the Cathedral to allow people to contribute their thoughts on the selection process.
Dr Rowan Williams announced in March he would step down at the end of the year after ten years in the role.
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A group called the Crown Nominations Commission will decide on their preferred candidate and will forward the name to the Prime Minister, David Cameron.
The commission includes two bishops from the Church of England, an Archbishop from the Anglican Communion, six members of General Synod and six members elected from Canterbury Diocese's Vacancy-in-see Committee.
The Queen must approve the final candidate, who will then be announced by 10 Downing Street.
The College of Canons of Canterbury Cathedral formally elect the new Archbishop of Canterbury and the election is confirmed by a commission of bishops in a legal ceremony.
Seats for the public meeting are limited and must be booked in advance. Contact Victoria Greatorex on 01227 459401 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org