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Bishop starts bible reading marathon

The new Bishop of the new diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales, Bishop Nick Baines will today start an 84-hour non-stop Bible reading marathon.

Bishop Nick will read the first 15 minutes of the beginning of the Bible at the reading event called Alpha to Omega which will take place in St Mary's Church, Gomersal.

Bishop Nick Baines Credit: ITV Yorkshire

I am delighted that Bishop Nick has accepted to start off the challenge of our 84 hour non-stop reading marathon - and not only that, but he will also preach at the 9.30 am service on that Sunday. "This gives the whole project an enormous boost and we are all extremely grateful for his spontaneous and generous response."

– Trees Fewster-Verhaar, Organiser

The event will start at 11am and run through the following nights to finish 84 hours later around 11pm on Wednesday September 17.

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First ever Bishop of Huddersfield announced

Two area bishops for the newly created diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales have been announced.

Jonathan Gibb, Nick Baines and Toby Howarth

The Revd Dr Toby Howarth, currently Secretary for Inter Religious Affairs to the Archbishop of Canterbury and National Inter Religious Affairs Adviser for the Church of England will be the Bishop of Bradford.

The Revd Dr Jonathan Gibbs, currently Rector of Heswall in the Diocese of Chester, will be the first ever Bishop of Huddersfield.

They were introduced in their new roles by the Rt Revd Bishop of Leeds Nick Baines at Leeds station today.

I am looking forward to working with the other members of the Diocesan team to build up the life of our churches both numerically and spiritually and to contributing to the life of the rich and diverse community in West Yorkshire

– Revd Jonathan Gibbs

It is a great joy to have been appointed as the new Area Bishop of Bradford. The role has no shortage of opportunities and challenges. I am very much looking forward to working with clergy, congregations and ecumenical partners in the diversity of the city itself, the surrounding towns and rural areas. I am also looking forward to engaging with the communities of which our churches are a part, and building relationships with those involved in the range of civic, statutory and community organisations which make up this vibrant metropolitan district.

– Revd Toby Howarth

Archbishop launches peace vigil for Middle East

The Archbishop of York has launched a week-long fast and peace vigil after calling for solidarity with people suffering in the Middle East.

The Archbishop of York launches week-long fast and peace vigil for Middle East Credit: Press Association

Dr John Sentamu plans to pray one hour every hour from 6am to 6pm each day until next Sunday at York Minster. He said the vigil in St John's Chapel at the Minster, would show 'solidarity with the suffering people of our world, particularly in the Middle East.'

In 2006 the archbishop camped in the Minster for a similar peace vigil.

Dr Sentamu will sleep at the Minster during the vigil but said he would not take a tent this year to 'show solidarity with the homeless.' Throughout the prayers, the archbishop is encouraging people to have a white linen cloth at hand to serve as a reminder of peace.

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Yorkshire Muslims raise £6 million for charity during Ramadan

Civic leaders are meeting in Bradford tonight to recognise the efforts of people in Yorkshire who raised around £6 million for charity during Ramadan.

The Bradford Council of Mosques, estimates that more than £200,000 was raised every day throughout the holy month.

Guests invited to the event include senior Yorkshire Imams, scholars and community leaders as well as the Charity Commission and the Department for International Development, which has already pledged £600 million in aid towards the Syrian crisis.

The event is co-hosted by the Bradford Council of Mosques and Faith Associates; a non-theological organisation which works with ethnic minority faith-based communities across the UK.

We have been overwhelmed by the unprecedented response of local communities across the UK. Bradford is the second in a series of special events celebrating local community fundraising efforts and is also a platform to discuss what more can be done to help the humanitarian relief efforts on the ground in conflict zones.

– Shaukat Warraich, Faith Associates
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