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Europe's only eco-mosque takes shape in Cambridge

A new £17m mosque is due to open in Cambridge later this year. Credit: Cambridge Mosque Project

A new multi-million pound mosque being built in Cambridge has been described as both "breathtaking" and "stunning".

The £17m project has been funded by donations from around the world and has now reached its halfway point. Once it is finished later this year it'll have enough space for 700 worshippers.

It will also hold the title of Europe's first ever 'eco-mosque'.

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Promotion for Norfolk cleric

The Venerable Jan McFarlane Credit: Diocese of Norwich

The Archdeacon of Norwich, the Venerable Jan McFarlane, is to become the next Suffragan Bishop of Repton.

The Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Revd Graham James, said, “Jan is greatly loved and much admired in the Diocese of Norwich. She has been a fine communicator of the Christian faith in the local and regional media, and an archdeacon who has won the confidence and affection of lay people alike. We will miss her enormously in this diocese but we are thrilled that she has been called to be a bishop in God’s church.”

She will be consecrated as a bishop by the Archbishop of Canterbury on Wednesday 29 June and is due to begin her ministry in Derbyshire later in the summer.


New Bishop of Colchester appointed

The Venerable Roger Morris will be ordained as a bishop on 25 July 2014. Credit: Diocese of Chelmsford

A new bishop of Colchester been been appointed by the Church of England.

The Venerable Roger Morris is currently the Archdeacon of Worcester and will be ordained as a bishop at St Paul's Cathedral on 25 July.

Roger Morris, who trained for the ministry at Ridley Hall in Cambridge, will then be Installed and welcomed at Chelmsford Cathedral in September.

The Colchester area has 190 parishes and 234 churches covering Witham, Harwich, Braintree, Saffron Walden and Stansted.

Women priests remember their ordination 20 years ago

In July, the Church of England's General Synod will again be debating the controversial issue of women bishops.

20 years ago,the church was dealing with another sensitive issue - this time the ordination of women priests.

It was a major breakthrough at the time.

Click below to see a report from MalcolmRobertson who’s been to meet some of those among the first to be installed.


Bishop's new appointment

Bishop Nigel and his wife Carolyne

The Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich has been appointed to a new role in London.

The Right Reverend Nigel Stock has been asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury to become Bishop at Lambeth, part of Archbishop Justin Welby’s senior team based in London.

He will take up his new post in October.

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New Catholic bishop was an Anglican

A new Roman Catholic Bishop of East Anglia has been announced.

69-year-old Bishop Alan Hopes was a former Anglican priest, before converting to Catholicism in 1994.

His predecessor Bishop Michael Evans was hugely popular. He died two years ago aged just 59 after a long battle with cancer.

Bishop Alan Hopes will be installed as the 4th Bishop of East Anglia in a special mass on 16 July in front of a congregation of 2,000 people.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Natalie Gray:

New bishop: "Nervous, surprised and delighted"

The new Roman Catholic Bishop of East Anglia says he's nervous, surprised and delighted. Credit: Diocese of East Anglia

The new Roman Catholic Bishop of East Anglia Alan Hopes says he's nervous, surprised and delighted.

He said: "May I say how nervous I am. I have never been put in this position before! I never expected the post and it came as a great surprise.

"However, I am really delighted."

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