Thanks be to God!
26 January 2015
The Church of England has consecrated its first female bishop during a ceremony at York Minster.
The Reverend Libby Lane, 48, has been ordained as the new Bishop of Stockport in front of more than 1,000 people.
The Church formally adopted legislation last November to allow women bishops, following decades of argument over women’s ordination.
Archbishop of York John Sentamu, who led the service, said he had been “praying and working for this day”.
During the two-hour service Dr Sentamu and other bishops laid their hands on Mrs Lane and prayed. This was followed by lengthy applause.