The Archbishop of Canterbury will be taking a sabbatical from May until early August next year. He will return to work in early September after some leave.
He will spend the majority of the time in Cambridge and in the USA doing further study on reconciliation - one of the priorities of his time as Archbishop and area he has worked in for many years.
Throughout his time away he will be in direct touch with colleagues, and the Archbishop of York and the Bishop of London will take on some duties.
All clergy are entitled to apply for a sabbatical every seven to ten years. The principle taken directly from the Bible.
The Archbishop last took study leave in 2005.