(Prospect) Brief Encounter: Justin Welby–The Archbishop of Canterbury reflects on his regrets, what he’s changed his mind about and unexpected reactions to sermons

What is your favourite quotation?

“You did not choose me, but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name.” (John 15:16)

I read this verse in a Bible given to me by a dear friend when I became a Christian. When I was enthroned as ­archbishop of Canterbury, I had the same page open in the illuminated Gospels that St Augustine brought with him to England.

Which of your ancestors or relatives are you most proud of?

Either my mother, who worked for Churchill, overcame alcoholism and has always worked for prison reform; or my grandmother, who grew up in India, taught me to value other opinions, nursed in a dysentery hospital, wrote books and a million other things.

Read it all.


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