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Preparations underway for Bishop's final service

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.


Bishop of Durham makes last public appearance

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.


Church services to be tweeted for first time

Church services taking place throughout the festive period are set to be tweeted for the first time.

Right Revd Justin Welby, Bishop of Durham and Archbishop of Canterbury Designate, has welcomed the initiative and believes that it is a new way of reaching out to the community.

"I will be fully support this campaign and encourage others across the Church to do the same.

My Christmas Day sermon will be tweeted in a series of snippets, and I hope to be tweeting during the rest of the Christmas period.

I think this a fantastic opportunity to engage with existing and new communities in a way that is growing in significance and I very excited about being able to reach out to people that might not be able to get to a Church and to celebrate the joy and meaning of Christmas with them."

– Right Revd Justin Welby Bishop of Durham and Archbishop of Canterbury Designate

Bishop of Durham attacks extortionate interest rates from pay day lenders

Bishop Justin Welby, who will be officially enthroned as the next Archbishop of Canterbury in March, has renewed his attack on the high interest rates charged by pay day lenders.

Speaking in the House of Lords in support of an amendment to try to put a cap on high interest rates, Bishop Justin said it was a moral case.

He added that it was clear that the present market in such loans was not working.

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