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Posted 05 October 2005 - 08:49 PM
LONDON (AFP) - The first black archbishop in the long history of the Church of England, Ugandan-born John Sentamu, formally took up his post at a ceremony in London.
Sentamu, 56, a leading activist on racism and inner-city crime, was named in June to take over as Archbishop of York, the church's second-most important position.
In an ancient ceremony, part-legal and part-liturgical, Sentamu was confirmed as the 97th Archbishop of York at Saint Mary-le-Bow church in Cheapside, in London's City financial district.
Led by Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, the leader of the worldwide Anglican Church, and six other senior bishops, the event -- called the Confirmation of the Election -- marks the official start of Sentamu's tenure.
Williams said the people of his diocese would be looking to Sentamu to "engage with the great public issues of the day".
Posted 10 October 2005 - 11:02 AM
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