New Bishop of Durham

The new Bishop of Durham has been named as Rt Revd Paul Butler.

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In full: The announcement of the new Bishop of Durham

by Frances Read

The next Bishop of Durham has been announced. He's the right reverend Paul Butler and he will move from his post as Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham in the new year.

Paul Butler replaces Justin Welby who left to become the Archbishop of Canterbury earlier this year. He's been visiting the region and was welcomed at Durham Cathedral from where gave his only live television interview to ITV News Tyne Tees.

Full report: Durham welcomes new bishop

The next Bishop of Durham has been announced as Rt Revd Paul Butler.

He will move from his post as Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham in the new year.

He will replace Justin Welby who left to become the Archbishop of Canterbury earlier this year.

The father-of-four said engaging with young people, tackling poverty and increasing the numbers of people who attend church will be his main priorities.

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New Bishop of Durham: It's a 'big surprise'

“To be called to become Bishop of Durham came as a big surprise but is a huge privilege for many reasons. This ancient Diocese goes way back before England was a united nation. The heritage is extraordinary; each new Bishop of Durham stands on the shoulders of some of the greatest Christians in this country’s long and proud history.

“I am delighted to be coming to Durham and the North East at a time of significant change that is both exciting and challenging in equal parts."

– Rt Revd Paul Butler
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