LONDON (RNS) — If 2017 was a tough year for Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby keeping the Church of England and the wider Anglican Communion together, 2018 promises to be tougher still.

There were continuing squabbles over same-sex marriage and headlines about declining congregations through the past 12 months. But in 2018 Welby will have to face particularly testing issues:

Any fallout from the appointment of a woman as the bishop of London – the third most senior cleric in the Church of England. The gathering of the international conservative faction known as GAFCON in Jerusalem in June. The likelihood of

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