Newspaper review: Papers ponder Archbishop of Canterbury's resignation

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The resignation of Dr Rowan Williams as the Archbishop of Canterbury has led to a great deal of debate and analysis.

The Times reports that he warned whoever succeeds him that the Church of England could break apart over the role of women and gay people in the Church.

That the worldwide Anglican communion remains intact in spite of divisions is, says the Daily Telegraph, probably Rowan Williams's greatest achievement.

Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror describes him as a "decent man".

The Sun reports that its columnist, Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu, is the bookmakers' favourite to succeed Dr Rowan Williams.

The Independent, which calls the post a "poisoned chalice", says Dr Sentamu is joined in the running by the Bishops of London, Bradford and Coventry.

The Daily Express carries a prediction by brokers at US bank Citigroup.

It reports the claim that the FTSE 100 index will rocket over the next decade.

A bid by Doreen Lawrence, mother of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence, to have the inquiry into her son's death reopened is backed by allegations printed in a Guardian story.

The paper reports claims that evidence of alleged police corruption was not passed to the original Macpherson inquiry into the killing.

Sir Max Hastings writes a defence of the British love affair with red meat in the Daily Mail.

He says as recent report outlining the harm it may cause is "grisly".

The actor George Clooney, who was arrested during a protest outside the Sudanese embassy in Washington, is pictured being led away handcuffed with cable ties on several front pages.

"By George, he's been nicked," says the Independent.

The Guardian says "Good night and good luck", while the Daily Telegraph goes for a more straightforward response: "Protester Clooney in cuffs."

And the Daily Express says Clooney is arrested, adding: "He's not acting."

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