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Bishop urges people to find hope in Easter story

The Bishop of Durham is encouraging people to look to the Easter story to find new hope for their lives.

In a message to the people of the North East, The Right Reverend Paul Butler says 'I trust this Easter you will find something afresh of the joy of the risen Jesus.'

You can read the Bishop's full Easter message here and watch him speaking to ITV Tyne Tees:


Bishop of Durham's Christmas message

The Bishop of Durham has told ITV Tyne Tees that the UK must respond with compassion to the situation in Syria.

As part of his annual Christmas message, the Right Reverend Paul Butler says he's particularly proud of the way people in the North East have reacted to the ongoing crisis.

Bishop of Durham 'sad' after Brexit vote

The Rt Rev Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham Credit: ITV

The Bishop of Durham has expressed his sadness after Britain voted in favour of leaving the European Union.

The Rt Rev Paul Butler was speaking during a visit to The Venerable Bede CE Academy in Sunderland as part of a Royal visit by the King and Queen of Lesotho. He said:

I was surprised. I thought that it would probably be just about be for Remain, but none of us could predict because we have never been down this way before. Personally I was sad when I heard the news but it is our responsibility to work for the good of the nation as a whole.

– Rt Rev Paul Butler


Bishop of Durham: We need to change low levels of aspirations among young people

The Bishop of Durham, the Right Reverend Paul Butler has called for more to be done to help young people in the North East to achieve their dreams in his Easter message.

Unfortunately, as some children get older, their hopes and aspirations tend to reduce. The difficult truth is that the North East of England has the lowest levels of aspirations among young people in the whole country, which is a sad statistic and one that should be hard to accept for all of us.

This is something that we need to change. We all need to give our children and young people a sense of hope that their aspirations can be met rather than a sense that they will fail to achieve their dreams.

– The Bishop of Durham, the Right Reverend Paul Butler

The Bishop is the Church of England's lead bishop for children and young people.

"A voice for the North East"

For this month's Around The House, the new Bishop of Durham talks about combining his spiritual and political roles.

The Rt Rev Paul Butler says he has been inspired by the ethos of self-help among communities in East Africa.

He told Helen Ford that he hopes to play his part in reviving community life in the North East.

Watch his full interview here:

The next edition of Around The House is on Thursday 3 April at 11.35pm

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