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Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby at the official launch of the  national programme to mark  the 150th anniversary of the disestablishment of the Church of Ireland as a state church, in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, on Saturday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The leader of Anglicans worldwide, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, has said he hopes the emergence of conservative Anglican body Global Anglica(...)

Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin. The Church of Ireland, although a small church, has played a significant role within the worldwide Anglican Communion. Photograph: Getty Images

On Wednesday the House of Bishops will decided whether to affirm the appointment of Archdeacon David McClay as Bishop of Down and Dromore, the largest(...)

Bishop-elect Rev Andrew Forster (left) interviews bishop-elect Archdeacon David McClay (right) and Canon David Brown at Willowfield Church, Belfast.

LP Hartley wrote in his 1953 novel The Go-Between that “the past is a foreign country: they do things differently there”. Increasingly Northern Irela(...)

Rev Trevor Johnston, a member of the committee that set up the highly conservative Global Anglican Future Conference Ireland group. Photograph: ASCBelfast.com

The Republic of Ireland is the least Christian part of the English-speaking world and a place where “God is now seen as redundant and unnecessary”, a (...)

Church of Ireland  Bishop Harold Miller. Photograph:  Diocese of Down and Dromore

A Church of Ireland bishop who attended the meeting in Jerusalem last week of the conservative Global Anglican Future Conference (Gafcon) has describe(...)

Two Church of Ireland bishops’ attendance at Gafcon has been described as  “an absolute disgrace”. Photograph: iStock

Attendance by two Church of Ireland bishops at the conservative Global Anglican Future Conference (Gafcon) meeting in Jerusalem last week has provoked(...)

Chamberlain was consecrated last November, and all those involved in his appointment – including Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury – were aware of his personal situation. File image: Luke MacGregor/Reuters

The bishop of Grantham has become the first Church of England bishop to publicly declare that he is gay and in a relationship. In a move that will be(...)

 Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

A schism in the worldwide Anglican Communion over homosexual rights and women clerics would be a failure but not a disaster, the spiritual head of An(...)