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Archbishop of Canterbury speaks on abbey audio tour

Dr Rowan Williams
Image caption Dr Rowan Williams shares his personal feelings towards St Augustine

The Archbishop of Canterbury has contributed to a new audio tour for St Augustine's Abbey in Canterbury.

Visitors will hear Dr Rowan Williams talking about St Augustine, the Benedictine monk who became the first Archbishop of Canterbury in AD 598.

Dr Williams also speaks about how the role of archbishop has changed.

He said: "I am delighted to have been able to contribute to the audio tour and hope that lots of people enjoy listening to what I have to say."

The archbishop added: "I have visited St Augustine's Abbey many times for its peace and tranquillity and because it is a very special place to the Christian faith in England. "

Image caption St Augustine's Abbey is one of the oldest and most important monastic sites in England

St Augustine, who was sent by the Pope to England to convert people to Christianity, is considered by some to be the founder of the English Church.

English Heritage chair Baroness Andrews said: "We are honoured and delighted that the Archbishop of Canterbury has contributed to our new audio tour at St Augustine's Abbey.

"He gives a fascinating personal insight into the changing role of archbishop and the unique contribution of St Augustine to Christianity in England."

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