From The Guardian
Rowan Williams bids farewell after decade of upheaval, overseeing schisms on gay marriage and female bishops
has attended his last service as the archbishop of Canterbury at the city's cathedral, before he leaves office as leader of the Church of England and spiritual head of the 77 million-strong Anglican communion.
More than 700 people turned out to bid farewell to 62-year-old Williams before he officially departs as the 104th archbishop of Canterbury on Monday, following a 10-year tenure.
He will go on to take up the posts of master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, and chairman of the board of trustees of Christian Aid, the international development agency.
Williams will be replaced by 56-year-old former oil executive the Right Rev Justin Welby, the bishop of Durham, who will be consecrated in March at Canterbury Cathedral, as the new archbishop of Canterbury.
At the end of yesterday's service, Williams was presented with a set of five porcelain bowls created by ceramic artist Edmund de Waal, the son of a former dean of Canterbury, by the current dean, the Very Rev Robert Willis.
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