The Church of England's first female bishop is being consecrated in a ceremony this morning.
Reverend Libby Lane was named as the Bishop of Stockport in December.
Libby Lane, 48, is being ordained as the new Bishop of Stockport in a service, conducted by the Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu, at York Minister.
It comes months after the General Synod formally adopted legislation allowing women bishops.
Speaking at the time her appointment was announced, the mother-of-two hailed the moment as "significant", adding: "I'm the first, but I won't be the only."
Libby Lane has been the Vicar of St Peter's Hale and St Elizabeth's Ashley, in the Diocese of Chester, since April 2007, and from January 2010 has also been Dean of Women in Ministry for the diocese.
After school in Manchester and University at Oxford, she trained for ministry at Cranmer Hall in Durham.
She was ordained a deacon in 1993 and a priest in 1994, serving her curacy in Blackburn.
Prior to moving to Hale, Libby was Team Vicar in the Stockport South West Team, and Assistant Diocesan Director of Ordinands in the Diocese of Chester, advising and supporting those considering a vocation to ministry in the church. She continues to be a Bishop's Selection Advisor.
Libby has served in the Diocese of York, as Chaplain in hospital and further education, and as Family Life Officer for the Committee for Social Responsibility in the Diocese of Chester.
She is one of eight clergy women from the Church of England elected as Participant Observers in the House of Bishops, as the representative from the dioceses of the North West.
Libby's husband, George, is also a priest; they were one of the first married couples in the Church of England to be ordained together.
George is Coordinating Chaplain at Manchester Airport, licensed in the Diocese of Manchester.
They have two grown up children who are currently studying in higher education.
Her interests include being a school governor, encouraging social action initiatives, learning to play the saxophone, supporting Manchester United, reading and doing cryptic crosswords.
The new Bishop of Stockport, Rev Libby Lane, will become the first woman to take the office in the Church of England today.
There will be a special consecration ceremony for Rev Lane at York minster.
Her appointment was announced just one month after Anglican leaders voted in favour of women Bishops.
It is an unexpected joy...it's a remarkable day for me and I realise an historic day for the church."
- Click here to read more about Rev Libby Lane's nomination to become Bishop of Stockport.
Jewish people in the North West are feeling the effects of anti-semitism more than anywhere else in the country, according to a new report.
Research carried out for the Campaign Against Anti-semitism says around half of all people questioned said they hold an anti-semitic view.
Meanwhile 1 in 4 Jews are said to be considering leaving the UK.
Ashley Derricott has been talking to members of Manchester's jewish community, one of the largest in the country:
Lucy began by asking her how shocked she was by today's report:
Jewish people in the North West are feeling the effects of anti-semitism more than anywhere else in the country.
Half of those questioned in a new report said they hold an anti-semitic view, and 1 in 4 Jews have considered leaving the UK.
Arnold Saunders, a Manchester Rabbi, said the country's economic problems is one of the root causes:
A vicar from Cheshire has created history today.
The Reverend Libby Lane has been named as the first woman Church of England bishop.
Mrs Lane was unveiled in Stockport only a month after Anglican leaders voted to put an end to years of wrangling over the issue.
Ashley Derricott reports.
Libby Lane, the new Bishop of Stockport, is a saxophone-playing, Oxford-educated Manchester United fan with a husband and two grown-up children.
Her appointment ends centuries of male dominance at the head of the Church, and was by Lane's own admission "a long time coming".
The 48-year-old was educated at St Peter's College, Oxford before training for the ministry at Cranmer Hall in Durham.
She was ordained as a priest in 1993 and has been a bishop's selection advisor since 2003 - though was not herself eligible to become a bishop until one month ago.
Her husband George is a chaplain at Manchester Airport and the pair were among the first married couple in the Church of England to be ordained together. Their children are now both in higher education.
Lane leaves her current position as vicar at St Peter's Hale and St Elizabeth's Ashley, which she has held since 2007.
The Archbishop of Canterbury has said he is "absolutely delighted" at the appointment of Libby Lane as Bishop of Stockport.
Her Christ-centred life, calmness and clear determination to serve the Church and the community make her a wonderful choice.
She will be bishop in a diocese that has been outstanding in its development of people, and she will make a major contribution.
She and her family will be in my prayers during the initial excitement, and the pressures of moving.
The Church of England announced in a historic appointment today that the Rev Libby Lane will become its first female bishop.
The announcement comes a month after the General Synod formally adopted legislation in favour of women bishops.
Ms Lane, 48, has been appointed the new Bishop of Stockport, an assistant or suffragan bishop, in the diocese of Chester.
She will be consecrated as the 8th bishop of the town at a ceremony at York Minster on January 26.
She was ordained a priest in 1994 and has served a number of parish and chaplaincy roles in the north of England in the dioceses of Blackburn, York and Chester.
For the past eight years she has served as vicar of St Peter's, Hale, Greater Manchester, and St Elizabeth's, Ashley, Cheshire.
Ms Lane said:
This is unexpected and very exciting. On this historic day as the Church of England announces the first woman nominated to be bishop, I am very conscious of all those who have gone before me, women and men, who for decades have looked forward to this moment. But most of all I am thankful to God.
The move marks the end of centuries of all-male leadership in the Church.
More than 100 Muslim leaders from across the UK have signed an open letter calling for the release of British aid worker Alan Henning.
The letter, printed in The Independent, is also supported by the Muslim Council of Britain which represents more than 500 Muslim organisations:
We, the undersigned British Muslim Imams, organisations and individuals, wish to express our horror and revulsion at the senseless murder of David Haines and the threat to the life of our fellow British citizen, Alan Henning ...
We plead with those holding Alan Henning to see the errors of their ways. To embrace the word of the Quran and accept that what they are now doing constitutes the worst condemnable sin.