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Justin Welby confirmed as new Archbishop of Canterbury

LONDON (RNS) Justin Welby, a former oil executive who says he never thought he’d have sufficient experience to take on the Church of England's top job, was formally confirmed as the next archbishop of Canterbury on Monday at St Paul’s Cathedral in London.

Parliament bars Church of England from hosting gay weddings

CANTERBURY, England (RNS) The British government unveiled a proposal on Tuesday (Dec. 11) that excludes the Church of England and the Church in Wales from planned legislation to allow same-sex couples to marry in churches. By Trevor Grundy.

Christianity in Britain losing ground to Islam, secularism

CANTERBURY, England (RNS) New figures from the 2011 National Census show that the number of people who identify as Christians in England and Wales has fallen by 4 million over the last 10 years, from 37.3 million to 33 million last year. By Trevor Grundy.

Church of England rejects women bishops

LONDON (RNS) In a surprise move that shocked both sides of a years-long debate, the Church of England on Tuesday (Nov. 20) rejected an expected move to allow women bishops, preserving the church's status as one of the last bastions of male privilege in the United Kingdom. By Trevor Grundy.

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GUEST COMMENTARY: When religion and spirituality collide

The Anglican fight over gay clergy is usually framed as a left and right conflict, part of the larger saga of political division. But this narrative obscures a more significant tension in Western societies: the increasing gap between spirituality and religion, and the failure of traditional religious institutions to learn from the divide. By Diana Butler Bass.

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As Rowan Williams retires, speculation turns to successor

LONDON (RNS) Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams said Friday (March 16) he will step down at the end of 2012, setting the stage for the unique process of government officials appointing the new leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion. By Al Webb and Kevin Eckstrom.