Religion: Death of Canterbury

Only the death of the Pope could have saddened more Christians. William Temple was more than the 98th Archbishop of Canterbury and Primate of All England, spiritual leader of 40.000,000 Anglicans. He was also head of the World Council of Churches, representing 350,000,000 Christians of almost every denomination except the Roman Catholic.

To William Temple death came suddenly, with a heart attack at Westgate-on-the-Sea, where the 63-year-old prelate was recuperating from gout. He had been Archbishop of Canterbury for only two and a half years. Speculation about his successor, to be appointed by the King (on the advice of the Prime Minister),...

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