Barry Morgan chosen as new Welsh Archbishop
The decision was made yesterday that the Bishop of Llandaff, Barry Morgan, should be the new Archbishop of Wales.
It took the 42-strong electoral college of the Church in Wales just over an hour to decide that Dr Morgan, 56, should be the man to succeed Dr Rowan Williams.
All five other diocesan bishops took part in the vote.
Dr Morgan said he was overwhelmed by the news and grateful to his fellow bishops for their support.
In a statement issued by the Church, he said: "I am privileged to have been elected to this post but at the same time I am very well aware of the challenges which face the Church in Wales."
"Society is changing very quickly and the church needs to explore ways in which it can continue to conduct its ministry and mission in 21st Century Wales."
Currently in charge of the Llandaff diocese in Cardiff, he was the favourite to follow Dr Williams into the Archbishop of Wales post.
As the church's leader, Dr Morgan will face a financial crisis, with insufficient income to maintain all its churches, and to fund the current number of full-time priests.