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The new Bishop of Durham is welcomed to the Diocese

The Right Reverend Paul Butler speaks to the press Credit: ITV

A traditional ceremony is taking place for the new Bishop of Durham, The Right Reverend Paul Butler. He is being welcomed into the Diocese and also into County Durham.

The Right Reverend Paul Butler meeting parishioners Credit: ITV

The Mayor of Darlington is hosting the ceremony over the River Tees on Croft Bridge, Darlington. This is one of many events leading up to the new Bishop of Durham, Bishop Paul's, installation and Enthronement at Durham Cathedral on February 22.

The Right Reverend Paul Butler Credit: ITV
The Right Reverend Paul Butler Credit: ITV

Bishops condemn 'punitive' welfare reforms

Right Revd Paul Butler joins other faith leaders to call on government to do more to more to stop hunger Credit: Keith Blundy

The Right Revd Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham, has put his name to an open letter signed by 40 faith leaders calling on the government to ensure that the welfare system provides a robust line of defence against hunger.

The bishops criticised the reforms which they say have forced people into food and fuel poverty.

The letter states that too many people are having to choose between "heat or eat" as a result of "cut backs and failures in the benefit system".

Bishop Paul said: “I am deeply concerned about the growth in the need for food banks and how they are now being relied upon in order to combat hunger. I have been championing this cause for a while now and will continue to do so here in the North East.”

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Bishop of Durham takes oath at Buckingham Palace

The Right Revd Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham Credit: Keith Blundy

The newly appointed Bishop of Durham has taken an oath acknowledging The Queen as Sovereign and Supreme Governor.

The Right Revd Paul Butler, who has been attending a debate in London this week, paid homage to Her Majesty at Buckingham Palace this afternoon. The oath signifies the last formal step to officially become Bishop of Durham.

Bishop Paul will be enthroned in Durham Cathedral at a public service of welcome to the Diocese on February 22. He will also take part in an ancient Falchion ceremony on Croft Bridge, in Darlington on February 21.

Bishop bids farewell

Right Reverend Justin Welby at his final service as Bishop of Durham Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The Right Revd Justin Welby, Bishop of Durham and Archbishop of Canterbury Elect has said farewell to the Durham Diocese with a message of hope for the people he is leaving behind.

Bishop Justin attended a service of farewell, thanks and celebration at Durham Cathedral in what was his last public appearance in the diocese before he becomes Archbishop of Canterbury on February 4th.

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Bishop of Durham makes last public appearance

Right Reverend Justin Welby
Right Reverend Justin Welby Credit: ITV News

The Bishop of Durham will make his last public appearance in the Diocese today before taking up his post as Archbishop of Canterbury.

The Right Reverend Justin Welby will attend a service of farewell, thanks and celebration at Durham Cathedral.

He takes up his new role on February 4th.

Outgoing Bishop of Durham thanks North East

The outgoing Bishop of Durham has spent his last day of official engagements in Darlington, before he leaves to become the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Bishop Justin Welby will officially move to his new role at the beginning of February. He spent the day visiting school children and apprentices who have benefitted from the Foundation for Jobs, which he helped launch in Darlington when he took up his post only a year ago.

He spoke to Julia Barthram, who asked if he had enjoyed his time in the North East.

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