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Michael Ramsey

(1904—1988) archbishop of Canterbury


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(1904–88).

Archbishop of Canterbury. Ramsey was born in Cambridge, the son of a Maths don, and was educated at Repton, where the headmaster was Geoffrey Fisher, the man he ultimately succeeded as archbishop. In 1928 he was ordained as a curate in Liverpool, but returned to academic life (1930) when he joined the staff of Bishop's Hostel, Lincoln, training men for the ordained ministry. At the age of 35 he became divinity professor at Durham, and after the war returned to Cambridge as regius professor of divinity. In 1952 he was consecrated as bishop of Durham, becoming archbishop of York in 1956 and finally of Canterbury in 1961. Ramsey was an enthusiastic ecumenist, whose personal relationship with Pope Paul VI was close.

Subjects: Christianity — British History.


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