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The new Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby
New Anglican leader backs women bishops

in WORLD, 11/11/2012

The new leader of the world's Anglicans said Friday he backed women bishops and would examine his thinking on gay marriage, tackling issues that have divided the faithful across the world.

Welby, currently the bishop of Durham, said the announcement of his appointment by Prime Minister David Cameron's Downing Street office was "astonishing and exciting", while his immediate reaction was "oh no".

He admitted the Church of England faced "deep differences" over the issues of sexuality and the ordination of female bishops, which have threatened to cause a permanent rift with conservative Anglican bishops, in particular, in Africa. 

Welby said he would vote in favour of women bishops when the General Synod, the governing body of the worldwide Anglican Communion's mother church, decides on the issue later in November.

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