Nicholas Chamberlain, the bishop of Grantham, has come out as the first Church of England bishop to openly acknowledge he is gay.
Londoners have elected the son of a Pakistani-born London bus driver as their mayor, making him the first Muslim to govern this city of 8.5 million residents.
British religious leaders are praising Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby for responding with "steadiness and honesty" to the stunning news that his biological father was not his mother's husband.
For the first time in 450 years the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace echoed to the sound of Roman Catholic prayers and music. Cardinal Vincent Nichols led vespers.