A statement from Dr John Sentamu following the death of the 95th Archbishop of York, John Habgood:
"The sad news of the death yesterday of former Archbishop of York, John Stapylton Habgood, comes as northern bishops gather for a Diocesan mission in Liverpool.
"As a hugely distinguished scientist, theologian and philosopher, Archbishop Habgood’s faith in Christ gave him a particular perspective and a persuasive witness both to church and nation for his time.
"His many books simplified big and complex questions, revealing an incredibly perceptive intellect.
"I’m very glad to have confirmed his grandchildren and dedicated a room in his honour at Bishopthorpe Palace.
"His towering presence, physical, intellectual, and spiritual, was a gift to all who knew him.
"My prayers are with his family at this time. May he Rest in Peace, and rise in glory."
A private family funeral has been arranged.
Details of a Memorial Service will be announced in due course.