Williams: Quitting has not been an easy decision

Outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams announces his intention to resign from the post at the end of the year:

"It has been an immense privilege to serve as Archbishop of Canterbury over the past decade, and moving on has not been an easy decision.

"During the time remaining there is much to do, and I ask your prayers and support in this period and beyond.

"I am abidingly grateful to all those friends and colleagues who have so generously supported Jane and myself in these years, and all the many diverse parishes and communities in the Church of England and the wider Anglican Communion that have brought vision, hope and excitement to my own ministry.

"I look forward, with that same support and inspiration, to continuing to serve the Church's mission and witness as best I can in the years ahead."