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Saturday, November 7, 2009

Anglican archbishop to meet with pope

Two developments arose after the Catholic Church's surprising overtures last month to Anglicans.

First, the Vatican has confirmed that Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, spiritual leader of the world's Anglicans, will meet Pope Benedict XVI on Nov. 21.

The second development is a clarification issued by Catholic leaders about how the conversion of married Anglican priests will mesh with the Catholic tradition of celibate priest.

Catholic leaders issued a clarification that essentially says only current Anglican priests and seminarians will be allowed to become Catholic priests.

Beliefnet founder to work for Obama

Beliefnet Editor-in-Chief Steven Waldman announced that he is leaving to work for the Obama administration.

Waldman built Beliefnet.com from the ground up, editing and blogging for the Web site. He and the Web site have gone through rocky times, including the company's bankruptcy, to become it what it is today -- a mixture of religion news, multi-faith communities and how-to spirituality content.

Waldman will be senior adviser to the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.

Staff reporters Michelle Boorstein, Jacqueline L. Salmon and William Wan blog regularly on religion, politics and policy at http://washingtonpost.com/onfaith.

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