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.
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.
The Bishop of Durham is moving to take up his new role as the Archbishop of Canterbury.
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.
The Bishop of Durham Justin Welby has been in Darlington for his last day of official engagements before becoming Archbishop of Canterbury in February.
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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."