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Church of England votes in favour of allowing women bishops

Published 14/07/2014 | 17:03

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The pastoral ring, mitre and stick are ready to be given to French Olivier de Germay, 51, Episcopal Vicar in Toulouse's archidiocese, southwestern France, during his ordination as Ajaccio's diocese new bishop, on April 14, 2012, in Ajaccio, in the French Mediterannean island of Corsica. This ordination, attended by some 2,500 people, is the second celebrated in Corsica since 1801. AFP PHOTO/PASCAL POCHARD-CASABIANCA        (Photo credit should read PASCAL POCHARD-CASABIANCA/AFP/GettyImages)
The pastoral ring, mitre and stick

The Church of England's governing body voted in favour of allowing women bishops on Monday, overturning centuries of tradition in a Church that has been deeply divided over the issue.

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After almost five hours of debate, the General Synod, the governing body of the Church of England, approved the proposal to allow women to take up senior roles in the Church.

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