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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.


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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