The Church of England's governing body has approved new proposals that would allow women bishops to be ordained by this time next year.
Last week, the government's Land Registry wrote to owners of 500,000 acres across England informing them that church commissioners want to register mineral rights under land they own.
Irish Catholic politicians and Parliament members who voted for a controversial law that allows abortion under certain circumstances will not be excommunicated or denied Communion.
For more than 100 years, Britain's Girl Guides took an oath to "love God and serve the King/Queen."
But on Wednesday, the movement announced it would scrap its oath to God in an attempt to broaden its appeal and attract children from secular, nonbelieving families.
The controversial shakeup is seen by some as the biggest in the Girl Guides' history.
Beginning in September, all new members who make the promise to be good and useful citizens will pledge an oath to "be true to myself and develop my beliefs" and "to serve my Queen (Elizabeth II) and my country."
A royal row has broken out between Church of England bishops and Prime Minister David Cameron's liberal-minded coalition government over a planned bill to change ancient laws governing the royal line of succession.
The government wants to pass the proposed Succession to the Crown Bill in time for the birth of a baby to Prince William and his wife, Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, this summer.
The new law would ensure that if the first royal baby is a girl, she will become heir to the throne rather than have to yield to a male sibling.
The Church of England on Friday confirmed that it has dropped its prohibition on gay clergy in civil partnerships becoming bishops -- but only if they agree to remain celibate.
New figures from the 2011 Census show that the number of people who identify as Christians in England and Wales has fallen by 4 million in the last 10 years.
The data show numbers fell from 37.3 million in 2001 to 33 million last year.
The statistics came as the outgoing archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, claimed that English cathedral congregations are growing dramatically, challenging the claim made by secularists that the Church of England is fading in Britain.
The defeat of the plan to allow women bishops in the Church of England is turning into a church-state nightmare for Britain's established church.