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The Bishop of Worcester has been appointed as the new lead bishop for cathedrals and church buildings.

The Bishop of Worcester, the Rt Revd Dr John Inge, has accepted the invitation of the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to succeed the Bishop of London as the Church of England's lead bishop for cathedrals and church buildings with immediate effect.

Bishop John will become the lead bishop for cathedrals and church buildings. He will support the Cathedrals and Church Buildings Division, ChurchCare*, and all who help to maintain the Church of England's 16,000 parish churches and 42 cathedrals, with their architectural glory and wonderful array of treasures, which have such huge potential for worship and community use.

Bishop John said:

"I am delighted to have been invited to become lead bishop for cathedrals and church buildings. Our Cathedrals are breath-taking spaces of awe and wonder with a rich history offering beautiful and vibrant worship. Together with the parish churches of our land they are an unparalleled treasure. They provide space for people to meet, reflect, pray and engage with the heritage of our nation - as well as serve their communities in all sorts of ways.

"The work that the Church Buildings team carries out in supporting those responsible for church buildings, which are at the heart of their communities, is vital in enabling them to be properly cared for and fulfil their potential for service  to all.  Wherever someone lives in England there is a church that stands ready to welcome them. Enabling that building to be a place of warmth and welcome is something I am passionate about encouraging."

Janet Gough, Director of ChurchCare said:

"The appointment of Bishop John as lead bishop to celebrate the potential for cathedrals and church buildings is excellent for two reasons. First, Bishop John brings a rich background of work in parish and cathedral ministry and is admirably qualified for this new role, having reflected and written extensively on the importance of place in human experience. This will undoubtedly further the on-going work in making our buildings fit for contemporary worship and community use, embracing the best design to complement and enhance our church buildings which are among Europe's finest.

"Second, Bishop John will bring leadership in our campaigning activities at a crucial time as the role of churches and cathedrals in public life is more prominent than ever. While  cathedrals and church buildings face many challenges, between centenary commemorations for World War One and churches welcoming more visitors as community hubs and places of interest, church buildings are a local presence in every community for furthering the mission of the church."

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