CANTERBURY, England (RNS) “The Germans didn’t force us to close Canterbury Cathedral during the Second World War,” cathedral spokesman Christopher Robinson said. “So there’s no chance it will be closed to visitors because we need to carry out some urgent repairs.”
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) Gay rights leader Peter Tatchell says Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has the right to oppose homosexuality, but “in a liberal democracy he is not entitled to insist that his religious beliefs are legislated into law.”
COVENTRY, England (RNS) The new archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, says “reconciliation” across the bitterly divided Anglican Communion will be his top priority, but not a “fuzzy wuzzy tolerance” where everyone gets along for the sake of being nice.
(RNS) Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby inherits a church wracked by internal divisions over the ordination of women bishops and continuing strains within the larger Anglican Communion over divisive issues of sexuality.
(RNS) On the 200th anniversary of David Livingstone’s birth, Christians are being reintroduced to one of the greatest missionaries and explorers of the 19th century. A new book, meanwhile, introduces a darker side to Livingstone’s globe-trotting career and the corrosive effect it had on his marriage.
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.