The Archbishop of York has ordered all files on deceased clergy who served in the Diocese of York to be handed to investigators who are looking into alleged cases of child abuse.
An independent review will examine the files recalled from the archive by Dr John Sentamu, which date back to before 1950.
The release of files comes after the General Synod voted in July to acknowledge and apologise for past safeguarding wrongs in the Church of England.
Files of deceased clergy were previously omitted from the Church of England's National Review of Past Cases of Child Abuse in 2008 to 2009.
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