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Justin Welby meets Africa's Anglican leaders

The Archbishop of Canterbury has arrived in Burundi for the start of a five-day tour meeting bishops of the Anglican church.

Justin Welby is also visiting South Sudan, Rwanda and the DR Congo as part of the trip, calling for the church to help end violence in war-torn countries.

Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, meets Salva Kiir, President of South Sudan Credit: REUTERS/Andreea Campeanu

Speaking in the Burundian capital Bujumbura, the archbishop said the Anglican Church of Burundi offered "an inspiring vision" of rebuilding the country and its communities.

The trip is part of the archbishop's plan to visit all of his fellow archbishops around the Anglican Communion during his first 18 months in office.

First UK woman bishop installed by the Anglican Church

The first woman bishop in the UK and Ireland has been installed by the Anglican Church.

The Rev Pat Storey, 53, former rector of St Augustine's in Derry, made history when she was chosen by the Church of Ireland as the new Bishop of Meath and Kildare.

Pat Storey, first woman bishop in the UK and Ireland. Credit: The Church of Ireland/PA Wire

The married mother of two was ordained at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin during a service led by the Archbishop of Dublin, The Most Rev Dr Michael Jackson.

Read: Anglicans appoint UK and Ireland's first woman bishop

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Gay marriage opponents 'like apartheid supporters'

A senior Anglican bishop has likened opponents of gay marriage to Christians who used the Bible to justify slavery and apartheid.

The Rt Rev Nicholas Holtam. Credit: Press Assocation

In a letter published in The Daily Telegraph, Bishop Holtam distanced himself from the Church of England’s official opposition to same-sex marriage, saying: “Christian morality comes from the mix of Bible, Christian tradition and our reasoned experience.

“Sometimes Christians have had to rethink the priorities of the Gospel in the light of experience.For example, before Wilberforce, Christians saw slavery as Biblical and part of the God-given ordering of creation.

Similarly in South Africa the Dutch Reformed Church supported Apartheid because it was Biblical and part of the God-given order of creation. No one now supports either slavery or apartheid. The Biblical texts have not changed; our interpretation has.”

Archbishop faces challenge in keeping Anglican Church united

Among the many challenges facing the new Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby is that of uniting the Anglican Church at home and abroad.

The issue of gay marriage among others is creating divisions in Africa and the Archbishop will have to tread very carefully.

Home to some 40 million worshipers, Africa is the new home of Anglicanism in terms of numbers.

ITV News' Africa Correspondent Rohit Kachroo reports from South Africa:

Anglican Church to establish new role

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams has revealed to the Daily Telegraph that plans are being drawn up for a new role at the Anglican Church to oversee the day-to-day running of the Anglican Communion and its 77 million members.

I don't think I've got it right over the last 10 years, it might have helped a lot if I'd gone sooner to the United States when things began to get difficult about the ordination of gay bishops, and engaged more directly.

I know that I've, at various points, disappointed both conservatives and liberals.

Most of them are quite willing to say so, quite loudly.

It would be a very different communion, because the history is just bound up with that place, that office (Archbishop).

So there may be more of a sense of a primacy of honour, and less a sense that the Archbishop is expected to sort everything.

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Anglican Church to hand over some responsibilities to 'presidential' figure

The Anglican Church is planning to hand over some of the global duties of the Archbishop of Canterbury to a "presidential" figure, it has been reported.

Dr Rowan Williams, in an interview with the Daily Telegraph, said plans are being drawn up for a role to oversee the day-to-day running of the Anglican Communion and its 77 million members, leaving the Archbishop free to concentrate on leading the Church of England.

 The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The tenure of the Welsh-born Archbishop, who steps down after 10 years in December, has been marked by a bruising war between liberals and traditionalists in the Church of England and the wider Anglican Communion over the issue of homosexuality, including the ordination of gay bishops.

There has also been a divisive row over female clergy.

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