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Youngsters given rare glimpse into Archbishop's home life

The Right Reverend Dr Rowan Williams with reporters Holly Mounter, Georgie Gotthard and Mylie Veitch
The Right Reverend Dr Rowan Williams with reporters Holly Mounter, Georgie Gotthard and Mylie Veitch

IT SEEMS after a hard day's work at the Cathedral, the Archbishop of Canterbury likes nothing better than relaxing in front of The Simpsons.

The Right Reverend Dr Rowan Williams has given a rare glimpse of his home life to young people in Kent as part of an interview with schools' magazine Oi!.

The Archbishop discussed his thoughts on abortion, immigration, gay clergy and other faiths with three teenage reporters from the Thanet-based publication, but also revealed what he does to unwind after a day's work as head of the Church of England.

He said: "I do try to finish my work by 6pm, firstly because I want to have dinner with my family, but secondly I love The Simpsons and need to be finished to watch them!

"I enjoy watching movies and the theatre, we go there as a family. I also like reading and even write poetry."

Reporters Holly Mounter, 15, from Broadstairs and Ramsgate girls Georgie Gotthard, 17, and Mylie Veitch, 18, interviewed the Archbishop at his Canterbury home, as well as fashion designer Jemma Kidd and rugby player Mike Catt, for the December issue of Oi!, due out on Friday.

The free magazine, launched in March 2006, is written by 11 to 18-year-olds for distribution in schools, libraries and youth clubs across the county.

Speaking about his own worries about his abilities as a church leader, Dr Williams said: "It's not an easy job. I have everyone judging me and many people thinking that the decisions I make are stupid. My teenage daughter thinks I'm every kind of idiot there is.

"There are two things that keep me going, though, and my family are one of them. Having support and love from those closest to me is hugely important.

"God is my other source of strength. He's always there for me, even if he thinks I'm an idiot too!"

Reporter Mylie Veitch said of the interview: "I saw a different person to whom I had expected and felt privileged that he allowed me to see the person behind his position.

"He understood the problems us teenagers face in our every day lives and spoke to me as an individual, rather than 'just a teen'. That, more than anything, has made me believe that he wants to make a real difference to all of us."

For more information on Oi! magazine, visit www.creativeuksolutions.co.uk

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