First Female Bishop To Be Consecrated Today

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The Church of England will consecrate its first female
bishop during a ceremony at York Minster later today. The Reverend Libby Lane,
48, will be ordained as the new Bishop of Stockport, in what she says will be a
“profound and remarkable moment”.

The Church formally adopted legislation last November to
allow women bishops. The move, which ends a centuries-old tradition of
exclusively male bishops, has however continued to prompt divisions between
some Anglicans.
The two-hour service expected to be attended by more than
1,000 people, will be led by the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, during
which he and other bishops will lay their hands on Mrs Lane and pray.

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