Over 500 Church of England clergy are meeting today to consider the Pope's offer for them to join their own section of the Roman Catholic Church. But sceptics point out that false claims of a 'mass exodus' have been made before.
A member of the Church of England's general synod who supports a greater role for women in the church says that in 10 years half of all full-time clergy will be women, but moves to consecrate female bishops is not keeping pace.
The Lutheran Church of Sweden will today mark the 50th anniversary of its decision in 1958 to ordain women as priests, and cathedrals in all of the church's 13 dioceses are to hold services to celebrate the anniversary.
Great emotion greeted the decision this evening by the General Synod of the Church of England, its governing body, to confirm the Church’s intention to consecrate women as bishops – a historic move following women's ordination in 1994.
Male clergy, deans, retired bishops and lay members of the Church of England are being urged to sign an online petition calling for legislation to end discrimination against women in the Church and allow the appointment of women bishops.