He has spoken of having to ‘‘establish relationships with killers and with the families of their victims, with arms smugglers, corrupt officials and more.’’
Bishop Brighton Malasa, chairman of the Anglican church in Malawi, said he had met Welby and found him to be a good man, a humble person, so cool.’’
In 2007 he was appointed dean of Liverpool Cathedral, Britain’s largest church. He caused a bit of controversy there by allowing John Lennon’s ‘‘Imagine’’ to be played on the cathedral bells.
Welby is an enthusiastic user of Twitter, a tool he intends to use as archbishop ‘‘if I am not stopped forcibly.’’
He and his wife, Caroline, have two sons and three daughters. Their first child, a 7-month-old girl, was killed in a traffic accident in 1983.
Associated Press Writers Jill Lawless in London and Raphael Tenthani in Blantyre, Malawi contributed to this report.