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Women bishops row renews fears of Anglican church split

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Church of England debates further over women bishops

The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams was facing another test of his authority today as the Church of England embarked on a further round of gruelling debates over the issue of women bishops.

Issue of women bishops threatens Church again

If anyone wanted a glimpse of the difficulty in keeping the Church of England together, they needed only to look at Dr Rowan Williams the last time the General Synod voted on women bishops: after hours of fractious debate inside York University's Central Hall in summer 2008, the Archbishop of Canterbury had his head in his hands.

Geoffrey Chapman: Publisher who transformed the market for Catholic books

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Pope hopes for private meeting with clerical abuse victims during UK visit

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Pope attacks raids by Belgian police

Pope Benedict XVI condemned raids by Belgian police investigating sex abuse by priests as "deplorable" and asserted the autonomy of the Catholic Church to investigate abuse.

Belgium condemned for archbishop raid

The Vatican says it is astonished and outraged that Belgian police investigating priestly sex abuse conducted raids that also targeted the graves of two archbishops.

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