The first woman bishop has been ordained by the Church Of England during a ceremony at York Minster.
Libby Lane, 48, is the new Bishop of Stockport following legislation adopted last year to allow female bishops for the first time since the Church's foundation by King Henry VIII in 1534.
Bishop Lane, 48, had been vicar of St Peter’s Hale and St Elizabeth’s Ashley in Greater Manchester since April 2007. Her consecration – was a two-hour service attended by an estimated 1,000 people.
Led by the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, other bishops laid their hands on the newly-appointed Bishop and prayed. Reverend Lane had previously said it would be a “profound and remarkable moment”.
We offer her our congratulations and our prayers