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The Bishop of St Albans, The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Bishop of Hertford and the Bishop of Bedford (L to R) on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral

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The Bishop of St Albans, the Rt Revd Dr Alan Smith, has paid a warm tribute to the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Dr Rowan Williams.

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Dr Williams announced today, 16th March, that he would step down as Archbishop of Canterbury from December 2012 to become Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge.

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The Bishop of St Albans said: ?Rowan Williams’s unique blend of humility and prayerfulness allied to his formidable intellect has served the Church of England and the Anglican Communion well during his time in office. I believe that history will judge him as one of the great Archbishops of Canterbury.?

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Archbishop Rowan Williams visited the Diocese of St Albans in 2006, when he led the Alban Pilgrimage which marks the execution of Britain?s first Christian martyr, St Alban.

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Dr Williams was appointed the one hundred and fourth Archbishop of Canterbury in 2002. He said today:

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?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. During the time remaining there is much to do, and I ask your prayers and support in this period and beyond. 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.?

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