Religion: New Command in Canterbury

A soldierly, scholarly Scot will lead the world's Anglicans

As the elite Scots Guards neared the Rhine at the close of World War II, a dashing Sandhurst-trained tank commander risked his life to rescue one of his men under fire. The exploit won him the Military Cross. Last Friday, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's office announced that the onetime officer, Robert Alexander Kennedy Runcie, 57, will be assuming a rather different command. In January he will replace F. Donald Coggan, who is retiring at age 70 as Archbishop of Canterbury, Primate of the Church of...

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