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Archbishop of Canterbury succession - Christian Aid comment

November 09 2012 - Responding to the news that the Right Reverend Justin Welby will succeed Dr Rowan Williams as Archbishop of Canterbury, Christian Aid’s Director Loretta Minghella said:

‘Archbishop Rowan’s leadership on issues of international development and the role of churches in the fight against poverty across the world has been exceptional. He has been a great source of insight, wisdom and inspiration and we are very grateful for his unstinting encouragement and support of Christian Aid’s work.

‘We look forward to building a strong relationship with his successor. Both will be in our prayers during this time of transition.’

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For more information, please contact Rachel Baird on 0207 523 2446, 07545 501 749 or rbaird@christian-aid.org

Notes to Editors:

1. Christian Aid works in some of the world's poorest communities in around some 50 countries at any one time. We act where there is great need, regardless of religion, helping people to live a full life, free from poverty. We provide urgent, practical and effective assistance in tackling the root causes of poverty as well as its effects.

2. Christian Aid has a vision, an end to global poverty, and we believe that vision can become a reality. We believe that the underlying causes of poverty were made by, and can be ended by, human action. Our strategy for building the power of us all to end poverty is embodied in a new report ‘Partnership for Change’: http://www.christianaid.org.uk/Images/2012_strategy.pdf

3. Christian Aid is a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of 125 churches and church-related organisations that work together in humanitarian assistance, advocacy and development.  Further details at http://actalliance.org

4. Follow Christian Aid's newswire on Twitter: http://twitter.com/caid_newswire

5. For more information about the work of Christian Aid visit http://www.christianaid.org.uk