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Dean of St Paul's Cathedral quits over protests
The Dean of St Paul's Cathedral, the Right Reverend Graeme Knowles, addresses 'Occupy London' activists in the City of London.
October 31st, 2011
02:11 PM ET

Dean of St Paul's Cathedral quits over protests

By Bryony Jones, CNN

London (CNN) - The Dean of London's St Paul's Cathedral has resigned amid criticism of his handling of a large "Occupy" protest taking place on the church's doorstep.

The Right Reverend Graeme Knowles announced his decision on Monday, saying his position was "becoming untenable" following weeks of debate over the demonstrations.

St Paul's has come under fire after it said it would take legal action to try to remove around 200 tents from the square outside its main entrance.

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Filed under: Anglican • Britain • Protest

My Take: Archbishop goes where Western leaders won’t
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, (left) meets with women in Zimbabwe.
October 11th, 2011
07:05 AM ET

My Take: Archbishop goes where Western leaders won’t

Editor's Note: Nick Spencer is research director at Theos, the public theology think tank, and author of "Freedom and Order: History, Politics and the English Bible."

By Nick Spencer, Special to CNN

(CNN)–Striding across the world stage and challenging dictatorial regimes, he cuts an unlikely figure. But Monday the archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, met with Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe.

The agenda was not published, but it seems clear that the discussion was likely heated.

In Zimbabwe, nothing is sacred in the power contest  state, economy, land nor church.

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Filed under: Africa • Anglican • Christianity • Church

Archbishop wants to meet with Mugabe over Anglican persecution allegations
Archbishop Rowan Williams greets congregants gathered at the City Sports Centre in Harare on October 9.
October 10th, 2011
10:05 AM ET

Archbishop wants to meet with Mugabe over Anglican persecution allegations

From Nkepile Mabuse, CNN

(CNN) - A breakaway sect of the Anglican church allied to Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe protested Sunday against a visit by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Nolbert Kunonga, the excommunicated former bishop of Harare, led the protest.

Archbishop Rowan Williams has accused Kunonga of using state resources to intimidate the loyal Anglican congregation, often with violence. Williams has requested a meeting with Mugabe on Monday to discuss the issue. He delivered a sermon in the capital Sunday.

Describing Zimbabwe as "troubled," Williams did not mince his words in his sermon, asking Mugabe's government to ensure there is "peace and justice" in the country.

"God has given so many gifts to this land. It has the capacity to feed its people and more," he said. "Its minerals wealth is great. But we have seen years when land is not used to feed people and lies idle."

Read the full story here.
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Filed under: Africa • Anglican • Church • Zimbabwe

August 11th, 2011
05:24 PM ET

My take: Rioting raises religious concern

Editor's Note: Andrew Watson is the Bishop of Aston in the Diocese of Birmingham, UK. He was formerly a vicar in London, and is a musician, author and father of four.

By Andrew Watson, Special to CNN

Birmingham, England (CNN) - I spent most of yesterday in Winson Green, Birmingham, following the deaths of three young British men in the early hours of the morning. I visited the small mosque where two of the men (brothers aged 32 and 30) had been regular worshippers, and where both their uncle and older brother were in a state of profound shock and grief.

I then attended a gathering hastily convened by the local member of parliament - taking place in a room above a local supermarket – followed by a much larger public meeting with the police later in the day. About 150 people crammed into the community hall for the police meeting, with twice as many gathered outside.

Feelings were understandably running very high, with the grief and anger of the community expressed in equal measure. There were voices calling for retaliation, but these were increasingly drowned out by other voices (both old and younger) urging restraint.

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Filed under: Anglican • Belief • Britain • Europe

Church of England clears way for gay, celibate bishops
Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, who leads the Church of England.
June 20th, 2011
06:29 AM ET

Church of England clears way for gay, celibate bishops

By Richard Allen Greene, CNN

The Church of England cannot refuse to appoint bishops simply because they are gay, but it can insist that they remain celibate, the denomination's lawyers have told it.

It would be wrong for boards appointing bishops to take account "of the fact that a candidate had identified himself as of gay sexual orientation," says the legal advice, which the Church of England published Monday.

But church rules do bar anyone in a sexual relationship outside marriage from becoming a bishop - which implies that a gay man can become a bishop only if he is celibate.

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Filed under: Anglican • Gay rights • United Kingdom

April 27th, 2011
01:39 PM ET

Religion will play leading role in royal wedding

With the Archbishop of Canterbury presiding over Friday's wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, and with William in line to become supreme head of the Church of England, the royal nuptials will be steeped in religion. Watch CNN's Max Foster's story above to learn more.

Also, read about the dead at William and Kate's wedding - the famous British buried at Westminister Abbey.

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Filed under: Anglican • Christianity • Europe • United Kingdom

April 22nd, 2011
07:59 AM ET

The royal wedding and religion

The wedding between William and Kate is as much about spirituality as it is marriage.  The Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams will preform the ceremony.  He's speaking out now about the importance of the royal wedding.

CNN's Max Foster reports.
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Filed under: Anglican • Christianity • Europe • United Kingdom

January 15th, 2011
09:20 PM ET

Former Anglican bishops ordained as Catholic priests in new program

Marking a new era for the Roman Catholic Church in England, three former Anglican bishops were ordained as Catholic priests in London on Saturday, the first to take advantage of a new Vatican program that makes it easier for dissatisfied Anglicans to enter Catholicism.

"Many ordinations have taken place in this Cathedral during the 100 years of its history," said Westminster Archbishop Vincent Nichols Saturday at Westminster Cathedral. "But none quite like this."

"Today is a unique occasion marking a new step in the life and history of the Catholic Church," he said at the ordination ceremony.

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Filed under: Anglican • Catholic Church • Europe • United Kingdom

Surprised by C.S. Lewis: Why his popularity endures
December 17th, 2010
05:30 PM ET

Surprised by C.S. Lewis: Why his popularity endures

By John Blake, CNN

C.S. Lewis was talking to his lawyer one day when the attorney told him he had to decide where his earnings would go after his death.

Lewis, who had already written “The Chronicles of Narnia” book series, told the lawyer he didn’t need to worry.

“After I’ve been dead five years, no one will read anything I’ve written,” Lewis said.

Lewis was a gifted writer, but he would have been a lousy estate planner. More than 40 years after his death, the former medieval literature professor has become the Elvis Presley of Christian publishing: His legacy is lucrative and still growing, scholars and book editors say.

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Filed under: Anglican • Atheism • Belief • Books • Christianity

December 8th, 2010
03:26 PM ET

My Take: A Royal pain

Editor's Note: Danielle Elizabeth Tumminio is ordained in the Episcopal Church and has taught a variety of educational institutions, including Yale University. She is also the author of "God and Harry at Yale: Faith and Fiction in the Classroom."

By Danielle Elizabeth Tumminio, Special to CNN

While the rest of the world seems buoyed by prospects of a fairytale royal wedding, I find myself asking the following: why do Kate Middleton and Prince William bother me so much?

At first I thought it was something about them in particular.

Perhaps it was their incongruities with other famous pairs: Kate has yet to make the kind of gaffes—cue the use of alcohol, drugs, and prostitution—that humanize (and demonize) others in the public sphere, while William, unlike other members of his family, actually seems to have a career whose success depends more upon his hard work than his title.

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Filed under: Anglican • Christianity • Church • Church and state • Europe • Opinion • United Kingdom

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