The cathedral doors will open in time for the Eucharist at 12.30pm, which will include a prayer for the protesters camping outside.

The reopening follows the resignation of cathedral chancellor Canon Dr Giles Fraser yesterday, who quit because he feared plans to evict the protesters could lead to violence.

The former Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey today described the situation as a ”debacle”, which was threatening to damage the reputation of Christianity.

The Dean of St Paul’s, the Rt Rev Graeme Knowles, said officials were considering all options in response to the protest, including the courts.

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