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The Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Reverend Justin Welby, to visit Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 13:07 01 March 2018 | UPDATED: 14:26 01 March 2018

The Archbishop of Canterbury The Most Revd Justin Welby during his 2013 visit to Norwich. Picture: SIMON FINLAY.

The Archbishop of Canterbury The Most Revd Justin Welby during his 2013 visit to Norwich. Picture: SIMON FINLAY.

The Archbishop of Canterbury is to visit Norfolk later this year for three days.

The Archbishop of Canterbury The Most Revd Justin Welby during his 2013 visit to Norwich. Picture: SIMON FINLAY.The Archbishop of Canterbury The Most Revd Justin Welby during his 2013 visit to Norwich. Picture: SIMON FINLAY.

The Most Reverend Justin Welby will visit the Diocese of Norwich from Wednesday, November 7 to Friday November 9.

Making the announcement, The Bishop of Norwich, The Right Reverend Graham James, said a programme with details of the visit had not been finalised yet but that they would be made available once ready.

Bishop Graham said: “I’m delighted that Archbishop Justin will be spending time in the Diocese in November.

“His first public appearance in the run up to his enthronement as Archbishop of Canterbury took place here in Norwich in February 2013 and it will be a delight to welcome him back.”

The Archbishop of Canterbury The Most Revd Justin Welby during his 2013 visit to Norwich. Picture: SIMON FINLAY.The Archbishop of Canterbury The Most Revd Justin Welby during his 2013 visit to Norwich. Picture: SIMON FINLAY.

He said the Archbishop knew Norfolk well, having spent a good deal of time here with members of his family and their friends during his childhood.

“His affection for Norfolk dates from those early days, and I know that he will be assured a warm welcome,” said Bishop Graham.

Archbishop Justin, who will later this year officiate at the wedding ceremony of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as they make their vows, was ordained in 1992 after an 11-year career in the oil industry.

He spent his first 15 years serving in Coventry diocese, often in places of significant deprivation.

The Archbishop of Canterbury The Most Revd Justin Welby during his 2013 visit to Norwich. Picture: SIMON FINLAY.The Archbishop of Canterbury The Most Revd Justin Welby during his 2013 visit to Norwich. Picture: SIMON FINLAY.

In 2002 he was made a Canon of Coventry Cathedral, where he jointly led its international reconciliation work.

During this time he worked extensively in Africa and the Middle East.

Archbishop Justin has had a passion for reconciliation and peace-making ever since.

He was Dean of Liverpool Cathedral from 2007 to 2011 and Bishop of Durham from 2011 to 2012, before being announced as the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury in late 2012.

The Archbishop of Canterbury The Most Revd Justin Welby during his 2013 visit to Norwich. Picture: SIMON FINLAY.The Archbishop of Canterbury The Most Revd Justin Welby during his 2013 visit to Norwich. Picture: SIMON FINLAY.

He was installed as Archbishop of Canterbury in a service at Canterbury Cathedral on March 21, 2013 where he said: “There is every possible reason for optimism about the future of Christian faith in our world and in this country.”

During his first 18 months in office, Archbishop Justin visited every province of the Anglican Communion – joined by his wife, Caroline – an extraordinary personal pilgrimage that involved 96 days of travel.

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