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Miliband: Pope's resignation decision 'a brave one'

Many people will remember his historic visit to the UK in 2010 - which was a very special moment for many, especially Catholics, across the country.

His decision to stand down is a brave one and we know he will not have reached it lightly.

The choice of a successor is clearly an important one for the Catholic Church.

Our thoughts are with those who must make such a critical decision on behalf of millions around the world.

– Labour leader Ed Miliband


"No" vote for women bishops

The Bishop of Lincoln has spoken of his deep sadness after a proposal to allow the consecration of women as bishops was voted down by the General Synod.

The decision means that the matter cannot now be brought back for discussion until a new General Synod is elected in several years, at which point the process would have to be started from the beginning again.

"This is a very sad day indeed, not just for those of us who support the ministry of women, but for the future of the Church, which might very well be gravely damaged by this."

"The proposal had the overwhelming support of most of the Diocesan Synods, and this raises very serious questions about the representation of General Synod, and calls for a broad review of how General Synod members are elected.

"The Church has suffered a serious credibility problem while it worked on the legislation, and this is a set-back that could cement the Church's reputation as being outdated and out-of-touch.

"Young people have spoken to me of their concerns about the Church, and the way it appears to fight against that which for many people is perfectly normal and acceptable.

– Rt Revd Christopher Lowson

VIDEO: York Minster orb shows off glass panels

It's the biggest expanse of medieval stained glass in Britain, maybe even the world and it's been described as the English equivalent of the Sistine Chapel. But York Minster's Great East Window is currently covered up for a major restoration project.

That work means some of the large panels of glass that normally tower high over visitors have been brought down to ground level giving visitors a unique chance to see them close up. The finishing touches are being made to a new exhibition and James Webster's been for a preview.


Designer: We didn't want something to just blend in with the Minster

The designer responsible for putting a contemporary metal orb inside York Minster to display a selection of newly restored glass panels from the Great East Window says he deliberately didn't want anything which would just blend in with the gothic architecture.

Paul Lee says he was determined to install a structure which would create a sense of intrigue and have a jewel-like quality.

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