The new Bishop of Durham has arrived in the region ahead of his inauguration service in Durham Cathedral tomorrow.
The Right Reverend Paul Butler has received a traditional welcome to the diocese today.
But he's already made waves this week by suggesting that government reforms aren't helping those in need.
Watch Frances Read's report.
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 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 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.”
This week sees the enthronement of the new Bishop of Durham.
The Right Reverend Paul Butler will receive the traditional welcome to the diocese on Friday, followed by the inauguration service in the cathedral on Saturday.
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.
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.
Preparations are underway for a farewell service for the Bishop of Durham who will make his last public appearance in the Diocese later today.
The service of thanks and celebration will be held at Durham Cathedral for the Right Reverend Justin Welby before he takes up his new post as Archbishop of Canterbury on February the 4th.