Robert Runcie

(1921—2000) archbishop of Canterbury

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Archbishop of Canterbury. After war service as a tank commander, winning the MC, Runcie graduated from Brasenose College, Oxford. He was successively principal of Cuddesdon Theological College (1960), bishop of St Albans (1970), and archbishop (1980–91). A liberal catholic, he developed Canterbury's quasi‐patriarchal role by frequent visits overseas. As the first archbishop to propose ‘an ecumenical primacy’ for Rome, he welcomed Pope John Paul II on the first ever papal visit to Canterbury cathedral (1982).

Subjects: Christianity — British History.

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