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Thursday, 18 May, 2000, 14:13 GMT 15:13 UK
Former Archbishop of Canterbury dies
Lord Coggan
Lord Coggan: Archbishop of Canterbury from 1974 to 1980
The former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Donald Coggan has died aged 90.

He died peacefully on Wednesday in a nursing home near Winchester, Hampshire, after a long illness.

Lord Coggan held the post of spiritual leader of Anglican Christians from 1974 to 1980 and was well known as a distinguished Biblical scholar and for his work in improving understanding between Christians and Jews.

A vocal supporter of the ordination of women priests, he received a life peerage in 1980 and became Lord Coggan of Canterbury and Sissinghurst.


Archbishop of Canterbury
George Carey: "Our prayers are with his family"

Since 1980 he worked as Assistant Bishop in the Dioceses of Canterbury and Winchester.

Paying tribute to his predecessor, the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr George Carey, who is currently in Canada, said Lord Coggan will be missed.

"Dr Donald Coggan's death at the age of 90 brings to an end an illustrious ministry as a distinguished Hebrew scholar, devoted pastor and dedicated Archbishop," he said.

"He will be remembered for his remarkable contribution to the New English Bible and Revised English Bible, and for his unfailing support for the Council for Christians and Jews.

"Our prayers today are with his wife and family. We will miss him."

"Remarkable contribution"

The Bishop of London, the Right Reverend Richard Chartres, said: "Donald Coggan's faith was a beacon to many in troubled times.

"The news of his death comes on the eve of the festival of another great Archbishop of Canterbury, St Dunstan.

"Tomorrow as we celebrate the eucharist at the altar of St Paul's, on St Dunstan's festival, we will remember with thanksgiving this great servant of the Church and his family who mourn," Rt Rev Chartres said.

It is intended that, following a private funeral for family and close friends, a Service of Thanksgiving will be held in Winchester Cathedral, probably at the end of June.

Lord Coggan leaves his wife, Lady Coggan, and two daughters, Ruth and Anne.

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