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Anglican leaders meet in province
Archbishop Robin Eames is hosting the Anglican meeting
The leaders of the Anglican Communion are meeting in Northern Ireland this week.

They will discuss the issue of homosexuality in the church and the appointment of an openly gay bishop in the United States.

This week's gathering is being hosted by Church of Ireland primate Archbishop Robin Eames.

The 38 primates from around the world are meeting from Monday to Friday outside Newry.

The delegates will consider the Windsor Report, which was published by the Lambeth Commission last October.

The commission was set up by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, to examine and report on problems over homosexual relationships in both the US and Canada.

It followed the Episcopal Church in the US's appointment of Gene Robinson, who is in a committed same sex relationship, as one of its bishops and the Diocese of New Westminster in Canada's authorisation of services for same-sex marriages.

In the UK, a debate over homosexuality followed the nomination of Dr Jeffrey John, a gay but celibate clergyman, as Bishop of Reading.

The decision sparked controversy and led to Dr John withdrawing his acceptance of the post and becoming the Dean of St Albans instead.


The Windsor Report warned that a split within the church would occur if steps towards reconciliation were not made.

As chairman of the Lambeth Commission, Lord Eames headed the team which produced the Windsor Report.

He said at the time the report was a part of "a pilgrimage towards healing and reconciliation".

"There remains a very real danger that we will not choose to walk together," he said.

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