Archbishop of York says he will retire in 2020


Source: The Guardian

BY Religion correspondent

The archbishop of York, John Sentamu, is to retire in June 2020, creating a vacancy for the number two position in the Church of England that many hope will be filled by a woman.

Sentamu’s retirement date will be three days before his 71st birthday. By then, he will have been archbishop of York – and a member of the House of Lords and the privy council by right – for almost 15 years.

He said: “I have decided to announce my retirement now in order to provide the Church of England with the widest possible timeframe to pray, discern with wisdom and insight, and put in place a timetable for my successor.”

Sentamu, who was born in Kampala, is the most senior black and minority ethnic (BAME) cleric in the church. He was briefly imprisoned in Uganda for speaking out against Idi Amin’s regime before fleeing to the UK in 1974.

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