Following the announcement that Archbishop Rowan Williams will be stepping down from the office of Archbishop of Canterbury at the end of December 2012,
the Most Rev Vincent Nichols. Archbishop of Westminster has made the following statement:
‘In the last three years I have grown to appreciate more and more the fine qualities of Archbishop Rowan: his kindness, his sharp intellect, his dedication to striving for harmony between peoples, especially within the Christian family, his courage and his friendship. These will be much missed when he steps down from his demanding office in December. I will miss him.'
'I thank him for all the service he has given, recalling particularly his warm welcome to Pope Benedict at Lambeth Palace, a visit reciprocated with similar joy just last week.'
'I now look forward to nine months of continuing work together.'!