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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.

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Geoffrey Chapman transformed Catholic publishing in the 1960s, combining business acumen with an ability to harness the winds of change blowing in the Church. Thanks to his skills, India and Anglophone Africa were able to benefit from the new liturgical and catechetical books he was able to produce at remarkably low cost.

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

Pope Benedict XVI is looking into organising a private meeting with victims of clerical abuse during his upcoming state visit to Britain later this summer.

Archbishop 'sorry' for abuse by priests

One of Australia's most senior archbishops has apologised to victims of sexual abuse by priests, condemning the behaviour and the Catholic Church's failure to properly deal with the problem. Denis Hart, Archbishop of Melbourne, sent the message to all churches in more than 200 parishes in the southern state of Victoria.

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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