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Church of England announces first woman bishop

Reverend Libby Lane has been nominated as the first female bishop in the Church of England, it has been announced.

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Female bishop 'will open doors to more than just women'

The Church of England's first female bishop has said she believes her appointment will open the door to others who are "not currently" in represented in its leadership.

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"This door opening will let through any number of not just women, but all sorts of people who will resource and build up the Church and its leadership who are not at the moment," she said in an interview published by the Church of England.

98.8% of senior clergy (which includes bishops) come from a white ethnic background, according to the most recent Church of England figures.

Last year, the Church of England's House of Bishops had approved plans to allow gay men become appointed bishops if they remained celibate.

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