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Robert Alexander Kennedy Runcie.1921–2000
Archbishop of Canterbury
He was born and spent his early life in Great Crosby, near Liverpool, to middle class and rather irreligious parents. He initially attended St Luke's Church, Crosby (where he was confirmed in 1936), before switching to the Anglo-Catholic St Faith's Church about a mile down the road. He was educated at Merchant Taylors' School, Crosby before going up to Brasenose College, Oxford. He was selected as Archbishop of Canterbury in 1979.
In 1981, he officiated at the marriage of Charles, Prince of Wales to Lady Diana Spencer, despite suspecting privately that they were ill-suited and that their marriage would not last. With a dramatic gesture of goodwill, he knelt in prayer with Pope John Paul II in the Cathedral of Canterbury during John Paul's visit to Great Britain in 1982.