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Next Bishop of Durham to be enthroned in February
THE next Bishop of Durham will be enthroned at Durham Cathedral next February, it has been announced.
The Right Reverend Paul Butler, currently Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham, was announced as successor to Justin Welby, now Archbishop of Canterbury, last month.
He will be elected by the College of Canons of Durham Cathedral on Tuesday, October 22, and his election will be confirmed at York Minster on January 20.
By then holding the title of Bishop of Durham, he will then meet the Queen and take an oath known as homage and, finally, be enthroned in Durham Cathedral on February 22.
He will take part in the ancient Falchion Ceremony, where he is presented with an ancient sword said to have killed the Sockburn Worm, at Croft Bridge, near Darlington, on February 22, ahead of the cathedral enthronement.
Bishop Butler, a married father-of-four, has said his priorities in his new job will be tackling poverty, growing the Church and working with children and young people.
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