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New Dean of Chichester to be announced

The new Dean of Chichester will take up the post in February Credit: ITV Meridian

The new Dean of Chichester is to be announced by ten Downing Street today. The Very Reverend Nicholas Frayling retired early this year - after twelve years in the post. The new Dean will formally take up the post in February.

The new Dean of Chichester will take up the post in February Credit: ITV Meridian

Bishop of Salisbury's 'great joy' at women Bishops Confirmation

The Bishop of Salisbury, the Right Revd Nicholas Holtam, has expressed his ‘great joy’ that the legislation allowing women to become Church of England bishops has passed its final hurdle.

Right Revd Nicholas Holtam

The Church of England has now formally adopted legislation which means its first female bishops could be ordained next year.

It was a great joy to go to General Synod to vote on the ordination of women to the episcopate for the last time. Alleluia!

Last night in Salisbury Cathedral, there was a service to mark 20 years of women in priestly ministry. We looked back with thanksgiving and forward with hope. For women to minister alongside men in all three orders of ordained ministry is in George Herbert's phrase, ‘heaven in ordinary ’ and, for the C of E, ‘something understood’.

– Right Revd Nicholas Holtam


Celebrations on final day of Diwali

Today is the final day of Diwali - the Festival of Light. Sikh and Hindu communities across our region are celebrating faith, freedom, family and food.

It's an extra special Diwali for Hindus in Reading - the renovation of the town's new temple is almost complete. Divya Kohli has been along to see why the Festival of Light will be even brighter.

Bishop of Arundel and Brighton resigns

The Bishop of Arundel and Brighton has resigned after admitting that he's broken his vows as a Catholic priest. Kieran Conry issued a statement apologising for what he called the shame that he has brought on the diocese and the church. The sixty-three year old said he'd been "unfaithful", leading to speculation that he's had a sexual relationship. Malcolm Shaw reports.

Bishop resigns saying he brought "shame" on the diocese

Bishop of Arundel & Brighton resigns Credit: PA

A Catholic bishop has apologised to churchgoers after he resigned from his post, claiming to have brought "shame" on his diocese and the church. The Rt Rev Kieran Conry, who is Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Arundel and Brighton, covering Surrey and Sussex, issued a statement which said he had "been unfaithful to his promises as a Catholic priest".

The statement, which was being read in all churches of the diocese this weekend, said: "I am sorry to confess that, going back some years, I have been unfaithful to my promises as a Catholic priest."


'Congratulations....he has been martyred'

The mother of a 19-year-old from Brighton, who has been killed by US air strikes in Syria, has condemned the people who she says brainwashed him.

Ibrahim Kamara used his brother's passport to travel from Gatwick to Syria and only told his family when he was there. Khadajah Kamara says border officials should have stopped him leaving the country.

A picture of his dead body was sent to his sibling - with the message 'Congratulations, your brother has been martyred'. Malcolm Shaw reports.