A proposal to loosen the ties of the bitterly divided Anglican Communion drew mostly favorable reactions in Britain, while African prelates said they needed time to study the matter.
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, head of the Anglican Communion, has expressed deep concern about the stress that the Episcopal Church’s vote on gay marriage might cause to some in the 80 million-member worldwide Anglican Communion.
The Episcopal Church voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to let gay couples marry in the church’s religious ceremonies, reinforcing its support for same-sex nuptials days after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide.
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said strong disagreements on the ordination of women as bishops and full rights for LGBT people are threatening to tear the church apart.
Tens of millions of people are "in chains" because of human trafficking and forced labor, and it leading to their "dehumanization and humiliation," the pope said.
The leaders of Britain's faith communities have united to warn Parliament against the "grave error" of legalizing assisted suicide.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster and Anglican Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury joined 21 other of the most senior Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Zoroastrian and Jain faith leaders to protest the Assisted Dying Bill.
The Church of England's vote to allow female bishops threatens unity with the Catholic church, according to the editor of the Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano.
Giovanni Maria Vian, who is also a Rome historian, on Tuesday said the decision would have "an extremely negative impact" on steps to bring the churches closer together despite a positive meeting between Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Pope Francis a month ago.
Before the vote, Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury told the synod that "to pass this legislation is to commit ourselves to an adventure in faith and hope."
Women's rights activists greeted with delight signs the Church of England is poised to relent and allow women to be consecrated as bishops.
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will preside over a historic General Synod meeting at the University of York when a make-or-break vote on the subject is expected Monday.
"I think we're there at long last," American-born Christina Rees, one of the church's leading women's rights campaigners, said in an interview Thursday.
The Church of England's governing body has approved new proposals that would allow women bishops to be ordained by this time next year.