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New Bishop of Colchester appointed

The Venerable Roger Morris will be ordained as a bishop on 25 July 2014. Credit: Diocese of Chelmsford

A new bishop of Colchester been been appointed by the Church of England.

The Venerable Roger Morris is currently the Archdeacon of Worcester and will be ordained as a bishop at St Paul's Cathedral on 25 July.

Roger Morris, who trained for the ministry at Ridley Hall in Cambridge, will then be Installed and welcomed at Chelmsford Cathedral in September.

The Colchester area has 190 parishes and 234 churches covering Witham, Harwich, Braintree, Saffron Walden and Stansted.


Women priests remember their ordination 20 years ago

In July, the Church of England's General Synod will again be debating the controversial issue of women bishops.

20 years ago,the church was dealing with another sensitive issue - this time the ordination of women priests.

It was a major breakthrough at the time.

Click below to see a report from MalcolmRobertson who’s been to meet some of those among the first to be installed.

Bishop's new appointment

Bishop Nigel and his wife Carolyne

The Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich has been appointed to a new role in London.

The Right Reverend Nigel Stock has been asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury to become Bishop at Lambeth, part of Archbishop Justin Welby’s senior team based in London.

He will take up his new post in October.


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New Catholic bishop was an Anglican

A new Roman Catholic Bishop of East Anglia has been announced.

69-year-old Bishop Alan Hopes was a former Anglican priest, before converting to Catholicism in 1994.

His predecessor Bishop Michael Evans was hugely popular. He died two years ago aged just 59 after a long battle with cancer.

Bishop Alan Hopes will be installed as the 4th Bishop of East Anglia in a special mass on 16 July in front of a congregation of 2,000 people.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Natalie Gray:

New bishop: "Nervous, surprised and delighted"

The new Roman Catholic Bishop of East Anglia says he's nervous, surprised and delighted. Credit: Diocese of East Anglia

The new Roman Catholic Bishop of East Anglia Alan Hopes says he's nervous, surprised and delighted.

He said: "May I say how nervous I am. I have never been put in this position before! I never expected the post and it came as a great surprise.

"However, I am really delighted."

New Catholic Bishop of East Anglia appointed

Bishop Alan Hopes has been appointed the new Roman Catholic Bishop of East Anglia Credit: Diocese of East Anglia

Nearly two years after the death of the previous incumbent, the Roman Catholic church has appointed a new Bishop of East Anglia.

Alan Hopes replaces Bishop Michael Evans who died in July 2011. Bishop Alan was an Auxillary Bishop in the Archdiocese of Westminster.

The new bishop will be installed at St John's Cathedral in Norwich on 16 July.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of East Anglia covers Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire including Peterborough.

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