The Anglican Bishop of Portsmouth has welcomed yesterday’s vote which could pave the way for the first women to become Church of England bishops.
The Rt Rev Christopher Foster was one of eight representatives from the Diocese of Portsmouth on the Church of England’s General Synod, which voted overwhelmingly for a package of measures as the next steps to enable women to become bishops.
The General Synod voted by 378 to eight in favour of proposals outlining the Draft Legislation of Women in the Episcopate. The proposals included a simple piece of legislation allowing women to become bishops and archbishops, and a way of resolving any future disputes over the arrangements.
I'm delighted at the overwhelming support that the Church of England’s General Synod gave to proposals that could mean the first women bishops are appointed much sooner than was previously thought.
Today marks the first day of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan when the Muslim community refrains from eating and drinking between sunrise and sunset for around thirty days.
Fasting can, though, be a dilemma for many people who also happen to have diabetes. They want to observe the fast, but that could mean putting their health at risk.
This year, the charity Diabetes UK is highlighting the dangers and assuring people that they can still follow their faith. The interviewees in Matin Dowse's report are: Nadeem Iqbal who has type 1 Diabetes, and Jenny Patel from Diabetes UK.
Religious leaders from across the globe are set to join royalty and senior politicians for the enthronement of the Archbishop of Canterbury.
The Most Rev Justin Welby will formally begin his public ministry as head of the Church of England, spiritual leader of the 77-million strong Anglican Communion and 105th Archbishop of Canterbury at a service in Canterbury Cathedral.
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall as well as Prime Minister David Cameron will be among around 2,000 people attending the ceremony.
Those also in the congregation will include representatives of major world religions including Muslims, Jews and Sikhs and senior figures from the Roman Catholic and orthodox churches.
The event marks the formal reception of the Most Rev Welby, 57, at Canterbury, the mother church of the Church of England and of the Anglican Communion.
The Most Rev Justin Welby said he believes a woman will one day be made archbishop and added that some gay couples have loving relationships of "stunning quality", ahead of today's enthronement.
Pressed on the timing, he said: "Oh, I have no idea...when the right person turns up. But, yes, I think there certainly will."
In a separate interview with BBC News, the Most Rev Welby backed traditional Church teaching on homosexuality but said: "You see gay relationships that are just stunning in the quality of the relationship."
The Most Rev Justin Welby has given his "profound thanks" to everyone preparing for his enthronement as the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Out early this morning, Canterbury is beautiful, human scale and history falling out of the walls everywhere. Grateful to be here.
Everywhere signs of preparation for the service today on Canterbury. So many people working so hard, profound thanks to them all, incl media
From knocking on the door to blessing the congregation, via a song from India. The Very Rev Robert Willis, Dean of Canterbury Cathedral, talks us through Thursday's enthronement ceremony for the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.
The story of one of Canterbury's former archbishops is to be etched onto glass. St Alphege was martyred a thousand years ago after the Danes invaded and stormed Canterbury. A new memorial is planned for the church in Whitstable which bears his name.
Twelve, one metre-high glass panes are to be etched with the key events in the saint's life and death.
In his report David Johns spoke to Rachel Webbley, Vicar of St Alphege Church; Sonia McNally, the artist; Hilary Powell, a medieval historian; and Jon Scott, a jogger who is one of the models featuring in the artwork.
The Church of England should be "deeply ashamed" of its failure to protect children from sex abuse.
Those are the words of Dr Martin Warner - the new Bishop of Chichester - speaking to ITV Meridian today.
The Diocese of Chichester serves both East and West Sussex and the city of Brighton and Hove.
The Bishop has also defended his decision to vote against women becoming bishops. Malcolm Shaw reports.
Dr Martin Warner will be enthroned as Chichester's 103rd bishop on Sunday. He has been setting out his vision for the new role.Read the full story ›
Children at the Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey received sweet treats thanks to the generosity of local bikers.