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Church turned into Buddhist centre in £500,000 refurbishment

A derelict church in Hebburn on Tyneside is being turned into a Buddhist meditation centre in a £500,000 refurbishment.

St Andrew's Church will become part of the Dhammakaya Meditation Centre. The Grade 2 listed building was built in 1872 by shipbuilding magnate Andrew Leslie of the famous Hawthorn Leslie shipyard.

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Phra Sander, one of the monks at the centre, explained how he became a Buddhist and why the centre had been set up in Hebburn. Click below for an extended interview.

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C of E's first woman bishop to make official appearance

The Church of England's first woman bishop will make her first official public appearance since she was ordained. The Rev Libby Lane is due to launch a campaign against human trafficking at Manchester Airport.

The Rev Libby Lane after a service at York Minster. Credit: PA

Airport staff will be given training to identify vulnerable passengers and look out for typical signs of trafficking as part of the Travel Safe Week initiative. She made history last month when she was ordained as the eighth Bishop of Stockport in a service at York Minster.

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York Minister: Full house for historic occasion

History is being made at York Minster today for the consecration of the Church of England's first female bishop.

York Minster gears up for momentous occasion Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The Archbishop of York, the Most Reverend John Sentamu will ordain the Rev. Libby Lane as the Bishop of Stockport.

It comes two decades after the ordination of the first women priests.

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First female bishop makes history

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History will be made at York Minister later today when the Church of England's first female bishop is ordained.

The Rev Libby Lane will be consecrated as the new Bishop of Stockport . She's a former hospital chaplain in the York diocese and the wife of a former curate at Beverley Minster.

Rev Lane will be consecrated at York Minister in a service beginning at 11am and presided over by The Archbishop of York, the Most Rev John Sentamu.

The mother-of-two was revealed as the Bishop of Stockport in an historic announcement last December, an an appointment that saw the Church of England break with almost 500 years of tradition. Speaking after the original announcement, she said:

"I am grateful for, though somewhat daunted by, the confidence placed in me by the Diocese of Chester. This is unexpected and very exciting. 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."

First female bishop to be consecrated at York Minster

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The first female bishop in the Church of England will be consecrated at York Minster in an historic service conducted by the Archbishop of York.

The Rev Libby Lane is to become Bishop of Stockport. She is the first woman in the church to take on the post, breaking 500 years of tradition.

She will be formally installed as the Bishop of Stockport in a separate service in March.

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Christmas story is relevant to everyone, says Bishop

Paul Butler sat down with our Correspondent Frances Read to talk about his first year as Bishop in our region. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Tonight at 6pm we have an exclusive Christmas interview with the Bishop of Durham.

Paul Butler sat down with our Correspondent Frances Read to talk about his first year as Bishop in our region and how he thinks the Christmas story is relevant to everyone, even if they have a different faith or no faith at all.

You can see the full interview ITV News Tyne Tees at 6pm tonight.

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What science can learn from a 13th century Bishop?

It is an argument that's raged through the centuries: do science and religion mix?

Researchers at Durham University claim that not only do the two work well together, but it was a thirteenth century Bishop who ushered in a new age in scientific reasoning.

Historians and scientists have been studying the 800 year old writings, and say they can shed light on today's big questions in science.

Richard Wilson reports.

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