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Anglican bishops spar with Prime Minister David Cameron over refugees

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A row has erupted between the bishops of the Church of England and the British prime minister over his handling of the refugee crisis.

In a letter published Saturday in The Guardian, 84 bishops claim David Cameron is ignoring their efforts to take in more refugees fleeing the Middle East.

The bishops released the private letter they sent to Cameron last month after the prime minister’s office failed to reply.

Anglican head expresses concern about Episcopal vote on gay marriage

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.

British schools must root out extremists, prime minister says

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Headmasters and teachers at Britain's privately owned and state-run schools have been ordered to be on the lookout for Muslim extremists attempting to "groom" youngsters to their cause.

The new legal requirement comes after terrorists killed some 30 British tourists at Sousse, one of Tunisia's best-known holiday resorts, on Friday.

It was the worst terrorist attack against Britons since 2005, when 52 people were killed in a series of bomb attacks in London.

Church of England loses no time, appoints third woman bishop and first to oversee a diocese

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The Church of England's commitment to advance the cause of women took another step forward Thursday with the appointment of Rachel Treweek, 52, as the next bishop of Gloucester in the southwest region of England.

That makes three women bishops in the space of three months since the church overcame its long-standing opposition to women bishops late last year. On Wednesday, the church appointed its second woman bishop, Alison White, 58, as suffragan bishop of Hull.

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