First new diocese in 85 years is unveiled

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: The Right Reverend Nick Baines The Right Reverend Nick Baines

The first new diocese in the Church of England for 85 years came into being yesterday as three dioceses, including Bradford, were merged.

The Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales is the largest in the country running from Barnsely in the south, through West and North Yorkshire, to parts of County Durham in the north, covering 656 churches in an area of 2,425 square miles.

Its new acting Bishop, the former Bishop of Bradford, the Right Reverend Nick Baines (pictured), yesterday laid down his pastoral staff on the altar of Bradford Cathedral at a special Easter Day service. In a pastoral letter read out in Anglican churches across the new diocese, he made a call for change. “We’ve been given a unique opportunity to look afresh at what we do and why we do it, at who we are and for whom we exist,” he said. The diocese will be made up of five areas: Bradford, Huddersfield, Leeds, Ripon and Wakefield.

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8:32am Mon 21 Apr 14

Ratters Rat says...

Stopped going to church along time ago glad I did .
They strip church's of their valuable assets they call it a refit.
They invest your donations to Wonga / and other loan companies.
They call themselves Christians.
The church of England should hang its head in shame.
Stopped going to church along time ago glad I did . They strip church's of their valuable assets they call it a refit. They invest your donations to Wonga / and other loan companies. They call themselves Christians. The church of England should hang its head in shame. Ratters Rat
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9:09am Mon 21 Apr 14

BEETEEE says...

Mrs Baines - 'I don't like living in Bradford Nick'
Bishop - 'Don't worry love, I'll do something about it. Will Leeds be alright?'
Mrs Baines - Ohh, there's some nice shopping in Leeds; thank you'.
Mrs Baines - 'I don't like living in Bradford Nick' Bishop - 'Don't worry love, I'll do something about it. Will Leeds be alright?' Mrs Baines - Ohh, there's some nice shopping in Leeds; thank you'. BEETEEE
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10:59am Mon 21 Apr 14

Albion. says...

Just another sign of how irrelevant the church has become.
Just another sign of how irrelevant the church has become. Albion.
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11:29am Mon 21 Apr 14

Ratters Rat says...

Think they need to read their holy book the bible.
It was Jesus that threw the money lenders out of the temple.
Yet we see the church of England linked to the money lenders.
A church is a place of sanctuary yet we see them been used note for other things not always Christian linked.
We seem to have come full circle on this.
Think they need to read their holy book the bible. It was Jesus that threw the money lenders out of the temple. Yet we see the church of England linked to the money lenders. A church is a place of sanctuary yet we see them been used note for other things not always Christian linked. We seem to have come full circle on this. Ratters Rat
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1:26pm Mon 21 Apr 14

The Hoffster says...

Anyone know what the CoE's stance is on Neo-Zionist terrorists ?
Anyone know what the CoE's stance is on Neo-Zionist terrorists ? The Hoffster
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2:01pm Tue 22 Apr 14

basil fawlty says...

Bradford voted for the merger and now the Bradford Bishop takes charge. That doesn't look good in terms of impartiality.
Bradford voted for the merger and now the Bradford Bishop takes charge. That doesn't look good in terms of impartiality. basil fawlty
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4:48pm Tue 22 Apr 14

single says...

Stopped going to church along time ago glad I did .

Then why R / R
comment on things you have no interest in ,
Stopped going to church along time ago glad I did . Then why R / R comment on things you have no interest in , single
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