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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.

Archbishop of York says Living Wage is a moral issue

Dr John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York, has called for the government to pay all its employees, including care workers, the so-called living wage. He called for the number of low-paid workers to be cut by one million by 2020.

The living wage is currently calculated a £7.65 per hour, outside London. Dr Sentamu said it would be morally justified and could make financial sense for the country.


Gaps in life expectancy a "human rights abuse"

Dr Sentamu has described gaps in life expectancy in Britain as a "human rights abuse" Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Archbishop of York has described gaps in life expectancy between rich and poor in the UK as a "human rights abuse".

Speaking at an international fairness conference in York, Dr Sentamu warned against a smug attitude to images of inequality in Brazil in the run-up to the World Cup.


Archbishop of York shocked over food poverty

Dr Sentamu warns against malnutrition and food poverty Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Food banks are here to stay, the Archbishop of York has warned.

Dr John Sentamu spoke of his shock at reading of a rise in hospital admissions for malnutrition and food poverty within his own diocese, a phenomenon he described as "dark stain on our consciences."

Archbishop of York in Northumberland

The Archbishop will dedicate a new shrine in Bamburgh Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

The Archbishop of York will visit the Northumberland village of Bamburgh later (26th August).

Dr John Sentamu will dedicate a new shrine at St Aidan's Church as part of a service from noon.

The Archbishop will also bless the village and will help children from Ellingham Primary School to lay a time capsule behind the shrine.

Archbishop of York thanks people for their support

The Archbishop of York was able to speak at a charity campaign function yesterday, making his first public appearance since his operation for prostate cancer.

Dr John Sentamu was in Northern Ireland as a guest speaker at an event in Enniskillen ahead of the G8 summit.

The 63-year-old is still recuperating after undergoing an operation last month. He thanked people for their thoughts and prayers which, he says, have helped him through.

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