Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams has announced that he will be stepping down from his position in December 2012.
The Archbishop will be taking up the position of Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge from January 2013.
In a statement he said: "It has been an immense privilege to serve as Archbishop of Canterbury over the past decade, and moving on has not been an easy decision.
"I am abidingly grateful to all those friends and colleagues who have so generously supported Jane and myself in these years, and all the many diverse parishes and communities in the Church of England and the wider Anglican Communion that have brought vision, hope and excitement to my own ministry.
"I look forward, with that same support and inspiration, to continuing to serve the Church’s mission and witness as best I can in the years ahead.
"I think the Church of England is a great treasure. I wish my successor well in the stewardship of it."
The Crown Nominations Commission (CNC) will consider "in due course" the selection of a successor.
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