VATICAN

Pope to Meet Anglican Leader

Pope Benedict XVI will try to smooth things over with Anglican leader Rowan Williams after a combative speech by Williams in response to efforts by the Catholic Church to absorb disaffected Anglicans. In October, the Vatican announced a new process by which Anglican churches could become Catholic and recognize the pope as their leader while still maintaining Anglican rituals, a move that was seen as a bullying power play by some in the Anglican community. While the two churches have much in common, Anglican priests can marry and have children and women can be ordained as priests.