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#1 Willow

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Posted 05 October 2005 - 08:49 PM

Church of England's first black archbishop takes up his post

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".

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Posted 10 October 2005 - 11:02 AM

It is good to see a Black Archbishop in the UK. My daughter is a Cof E priest and says his appointment is entirely on merit.
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