Next archbishop of Canterbury announcement Friday

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LONDON — The next archbishop of Canterbury will be officially introduced Friday, with the expectation that the new leader of the world’s Anglicans will be former oil company executive Justin Welby.

Government and church officials declined Thursday to confirm the choice. But The Times and The Daily Telegraph have reported it will be Welby.

Welby made an unusual mid-career shift from the oil industry to the clergy. He has said he faced conflicts between his beliefs and how companies acted — and has made business ethics and standards part of his work.

The next archbishop will replace Rowan Williams, who is retiring after a turbulent decade dealing with the Anglican Communion’s deep divisions about gay bishops and homosexuality.

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