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New bishop is welcomed
Hereford Cathedral
The inauguration will take place in Hereford Cathedral
The new Bishop of Hereford has been inaugurated at a special ceremony.

Bishop Anthony Priddis, 55, a married father-of-three, took up his new position in March.

The service at Hereford Cathedral took place at 1100 BST and the congregation included clergy and representatives from all parishes in the diocese.

The Church of England externally advertised the vacant bishop's position for the first time in its 470-year history.

Bishops from Tanzania

Around 18 Anglican bishop's attended the ceremony including three from Tanzania, whose diocese are twinned with Hereford.

The Diocese of Hereford was founded in 676 and covers the whole of the county of Herefordshire, southern Shropshire and a few parishes in Worcestershire, Powys and Monmouthshire.

Bishop Priddis, who is a trained biochemist, spent most of his career in the Oxford Diocese.

He was made an honorary canon of Oxford Cathedral in 1995.

Plans finalised for inauguration
15 Jun 04  |  Hereford/Worcs
New bishop named
13 Jan 04  |  Hereford/Worcs

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