Church of England Announces First Female Bishop

(Inform) Reverend Libby Lane has been announced as the first female bishop for the Church of England. She will become the new Bishop of Stockport, filling a post that has been vacant since May, and marking an end to years of debate within the Church. Lane will be consecrated as the eighth bishop of the town at a ceremony at York Minster on Jan. 26. The Church of England’s parliament, the General Synod, voted to back plans for female bishops back in July, but the historic change to canon law was not formally adopted until Nov. 17. Speaking at Stockport Town Hall, she said it was a “remarkable day for me and an historic day for the Church”.

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