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A vicars' pension scheme could be facing a precarious future unless church chiefs face up to a potentially massive deficit. John Ralfe, an independent pension expert, claimed this week that the pension scheme for some 16,400 Church of England clergy is "the riskiest in the country in terms of asset-type".

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Pope Francis has welcomed the Archbishop of Canterbury the Most Rev Justin Welby in Rome, the first time the two church leaders have met.

Pope Francis (left) will meet the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby (right), for the first time this week

Pope Francis to meet the Archbishop of Canterbury for the first time in Rome

Both claim an interest in global justice and financial regulation, as well as a common distaste for gay marriage

Back-to-work tests are unjust, says Archbishop

The Government’s back-to-work welfare assessments have been attacked by Scotland’s leading Catholic cleric.

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Priest brands Archbishop of Canterbury a 'w****r' in Facebook posting as tempers flare over gay marriage

Fellow priest responds: 'Any right-minded person would find a priest calling his archbishop an onanist to be utterly outrageous'

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Labour Peer The Right Honourable, Lord Alli pictured in his offices in Aldwych, Central London

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The Government could be plunged into a “constitutional crisis” if members of the House of Lords reject plans for gay marriage this week, a senior peer has warned.

The Archbishop of York John Sentamu has been treated for prostate cancer

Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, treated for prostate cancer

Primate of England will be 'out of action for some time' after operation

Justin Welby has abandoned his support for civil partnerships for heterosexual couples

Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, abandons his support for civil partnerships for heterosexual couples

U-turn will anger both Tory backbenchers and campaigners who argue heterosexual couples should be able to enter civil partnerships as an alternative to marriage

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Shamed Catholic Cardinal Keith O'Brien leaving Scotland 'for penance time' following inappropriate sexual conduct revelations

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John Sentamu has announced an inquiry into Church of England sex abuse allegations

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Accusations against former Dean of Manchester Cathedral, who died in 2007

The new Archbishop should stop this gesture politics

It is about time the Church became serious about politics. The debacle over its opposition to the Government's welfare reform programme offers the new Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, a God-given opportunity to totally reshape the role of bishops in the House of Lords.

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Religion should be new 'reality TV' claims Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby

Religion should be incorporated into “reality” television shows in order to increase understanding of other faiths, the Archbishop of Canterbury has claimed.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby attacks The City's 'culture of entitlement'

Asked about his political pronouncements, Welby said: 'sometimes feathers get ruffled'

Britain is in a long depression, says Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby

Britain has had “quite a long time” below the economic activity levels of 2007, the Archbishop of Canterbury said today.

Rowan Atkinson in his Comic Relief sketch as Archbishop of Canterbury

Rowan Atkinson's Archbishop Comic Relief sketch prompts Ofcom investigation after 3,000 complaints

Rowan Atkinson’s Archbishop of Canterbury sketch for Comic Relief is to be formally investigated by Ofcom after it drew more than 3,000 complaints.

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