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UPI Almanac for Friday, June 14, 2013.
By United Press International

Biography cites Welby's past views on gays

LONDON, March 8 (UPI) -- Justin Welby, the new head of the Church of England, supported a ban on adoption by gay couples when he was a parish priest, a new biography says.

Anglican bishops approve woman observers

LONDON, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Eight female priests will attend Church of England house of bishops meetings as observers until the church moves to female bishops, officials said Monday.

Welby becomes archbishop of Canterbury

LONDON, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Justin Welby became the 105th archbishop of Canterbury in a ceremony Monday in St. Paul's Cathedral in London.

Change for gays as bishops draws critics

LONDON, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Liberal and conservatives are criticizing a Church of England decision to permit gay clergy in civil partnerships to become bishops if they remain celibate.

Church of England to allow gay bishops

LONDON, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Gay men in civil partnerships who agree to be celibate may become bishops, the Church of England says.

Anglican church says no to women bishops

LONDON, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Church of England elders, by a margin of six votes, decided Tuesday not to allow women to become bishops.

Bishop Welby tipped as next Anglican head

LONDON, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- The bishop of Durham, the Right Rev. Justin Welby, is to become the next archbishop of Canterbury, The Daily Telegraph reported Wednesday.

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Charity calls for end to Christmas lists

LONDON, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- A Christian charity in England is calling for an end to "commercialized" Christmas lists in the form of letters to Santa Claus.

Canterbury urges vote for women as bishops

CANTERBURY, England, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Britain's Archbishop of Canterbury urged Anglican church members to get behind a proposal to allow women to become bishops.
Dual Church of England takes on Jubilee

Dual Church of England takes on Jubilee

LONDON, June 2 (UPI) -- While the head of the Church of England praised Queen Elizabeth's sense of humor, another bishop decried an "epidemic" of moral decline during her reign.

Archbishop of Wales supports gay marriage

LLANDUDNO, Wales, April 19 (UPI) -- The head of the Church in Wales said Wednesday Anglicans should support civil marriage for same-sex couples.
Rowan Williams stepping down as archbishop

Rowan Williams stepping down as archbishop

LONDON, March 16 (UPI) -- Rowan Williams, who headed the Church of England and Anglican Communion for a difficult decade, announced Friday he is resigning as archbishop of Canterbury.

Former Archbishop of Canterbury speaks out

LONDON, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Former Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey says the English courts are helping to destroy Christian traditions in the country.
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Rowan Williams

Rowan Douglas Williams FRSL, FBA, FLSW (born 14 June 1950) is an Anglican bishop, poet and theologian. He is the 104th and current Archbishop of Canterbury, Metropolitan of the Province of Canterbury and Primate of All England, offices he has held since early 2003.

Williams was previously Bishop of Monmouth and Archbishop of Wales (making him the first Archbishop of Canterbury in modern times not to be appointed from within the Church of England) and had spent much of his earlier career as an academic at the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford successively. His primacy has been marked by much speculation that the Anglican Communion (in which the Archbishop of Canterbury is the leading figure) is on the verge of fragmentation and by Williams's attempts to keep all sides talking to one another.

Williams was born on 14 June 1950 in Ystradgynlais, Swansea, Wales, into a Welsh-speaking family. He was the only child of Aneurin Williams and Dolphine (Del, Nancy) Morris – Presbyterians who became Anglicans in 1961. He was educated at the state school Dynevor School in Swansea, at Christ's College, Cambridge, where he studied theology, and at Wadham College, Oxford, where he received his DPhil in 1975.

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