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Pope names first British bishop
Bishop Peter Doyle
The new Bishop of Northampton is to be Monsignor Peter Doyle
Pope Benedict XVI has made his first senior church appointment in Britain by nominating a new bishop of Northampton.

Monsignor Peter Doyle, currently parish priest at Winchester, will be ordained Bishop of Northampton at the Cathedral of St Thomas on Tuesday 28 June.

In his first message to his diocese, the 61-year-old bishop-elect said he hoped to build links with other faiths.

Mgr Doyle, administrator of St John's Cathedral in Portsmouth 1975 - 1987, has been at Winchester since 1991.

The diocese of Northampton covers the counties of Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and the areas of Berkshire which lie north of the River Thames.

Monsignor Canon Peter John Haworth Doyle was born at Wilpshire, near Blackburn in Lancashire.

The family moved to Essex in 1951, and Monsignor Doyle was educated by the Jesuits at St Ignatius School, Buckhurst Hill and at St Ignatius College, Stamford Hill.

Having won a scholarship to Sandhurst he was due to go there after his A-levels and then onto the Royal Artillery.

In his final year at school, he decided to become a priest in the Portsmouth Diocese instead.

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