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New Bishop of Bolton announced

Venerable Mark David Ashcroft Credit: Diocese of Manchester

Her Majesty the Queen has appointed the Venerable Mark David Ashcroft, Archdeacon of Manchester, to be the next Bishop of Bolton in the Diocese of Manchester.

Oxford educated Mark, 61, has served as the Archdeacon of Manchester and Residentiary Canon of Manchester Cathedral since 2009.

He will be consecrated in October at York Minster by the Archbishop of York and take up his appointment in November.

Mark is married with three adult children.

Watch Elaine Willcox's report on Ramadan

It is almost half way through Ramadan for many muslims who have been fasting in the region.

During the holy month those observing the fast can't eat or drink during daylight - which at the moment is about 17 hours.

Prayer and giving to charity are important aspects of the month, and Muslim families and community groups have once again encouraged people of different faiths to share Ramadan with them, as our correspondent Elaine Willcox reports.


Two teens arrested after "anti-Semitic" assault in Bury

Police have arrested two teenage boys in connection with a suspected anti-Semitic attack in Bury.

Moshe Fuerst was one of four Orthodox Jewish boys who was assaulted and verbally abused by a gang of three youths on Saturday evening, at Bowker Vale Metrolink Station. He was left with brain injuries.

Moshe Fuerst suffered a fractured skull in the attack. Credit: MEN Syndication

Two 17-year-old boys have been arrested at addresses in Whitefield and Derbyshire on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and violent disorder.

Police are treating the assault as an anti-Semitic hate crime and are still appealing for potential witnesses to come forward to assist their enquiries.

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Campaign to raise money for refugees

Volunteers in Manchester have been raising money for refugees in Syria by selling cakes. The cakes 4 Syria campaign aims to provide aid and food to over 12 million Syrians while also reminding its volunteers that they must resist the temptation to eat during Ramadan.


Ceremony changes "highlight divisions in the church"

Controversial changes have been made to the Bishop of Burnley's ordination ceremony due to his opposition to women bishops.

Reverend Philip North is being consecrated at York Minster. But some bishops have said they won't be involved in the 'laying on of hands' part of the ceremony.

Read: Church of England's first woman bishop consecrated

Reverend Fleur Green of St Peter's Church in Darwen says it highlights divisions within the church.

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