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Church of England panel split on new chief: reports

LONDON -- A panel tasked with nominating a new Archbishop of Canterbury, the spiritual leader of the world's Anglicans, is divided and may take months to reach a decision, British media reported Sunday.

The Crown Nominations Commission was expected to name the successor to Rowan Williams next week but is yet to choose a candidate after deliberating for three days in secret, according to the Sunday Times newspaper.

The panel, which ended talks on Friday, may take several months to name the new leader ahead of Williams' retirement in December, Church of England officials told the BBC.

The Church said in a statement on Friday that “an announcement is expected during the autumn, and that remains the case.”

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