The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby (centre) leads a small gathering through the centre of Canterbury to celebrate the tradition of pilgrimage

The Archbishop of Canterbury hails decision to permit women bishops

Former Bishop of Durham The Most Rev Justin Welby said the measure empowering women was 'very, very long overdue'

Justin Welby Archbishop of Canterbury

Former Bishop of Durham Justin Welby admits doubts about existence of God

Former Bishop of Durham Justin Welby said he had moments of doubt but was certain about the existence of Jesus

An array of treasures arrives at Bede'sWorld in Jarrow on loan from the British Museum. Curator of the exhibition Georgina Ascroft

Triple helping of historic treasures for South Tyneside Exhibitions

British Museum and British Library loan gems and jewellery including Earl's ring possibly lost at Britain's bloodiest battle

The Bishop of Durham Paul Butler at Durham cathedral

Bishop of Durham highlights North East exporting prowess and need for Living Wage

The Right Rev Paul Butler also used the occasion to ask that more is done to help young people in the region find work

The new Bishop of Durham, the Right Reverend Paul Butler

Bishop of Durham urges North East to give evidence on food banks

The Bishop of Durham has urged people in the North to provide evidence to a Parliamentary inquiry into food banks

Zurbaran paintings are returned to Auckland Castle after being loaned out. Clare Baron and Andrew Ferrara put Asher back into place

Zurbaran paintings are returned to Auckland Castle in County Durham

A unique set of Zurbarán paintings have returned to Auckland Castle after being on loan in Europe as part of an exhibition celebrating Zurbarán's life

Justin Welby Archbishop of Canterbury

Church leaders 'could lose up to £9m in their bid to sell off stake in Wonga'

The Church Commissioners claim the Church of England may not be able to sell the investment for "some considerable time".

Elisabeth Bryant & Rosemary Butler

Wives of North East Bishops highlight poverty with £1 a day food challenge

In an effort to highlight poverty and raise money for Unicef, two bishops' wives are taking part in a £1 a day food challenge

Artist Roger Wagner with his painting of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby

Archbishop of Canterbury portrait painting displayed at Auckland Castle

The first portrait of the Archbishop of Canterbury has gone on display alongside artwork covering 500 years of Church history

The new Bishop of Durham, the Right Reverend Paul Butler

Living Wage campaigners call for better pay in the North East

Large parts of region are earning below the living wage, campaigners say, with many not earning enough to get by

The new Bishop of Durham during the ceremony at Durham Cathedral updated

New Bishop of Durham is finally enthroned at Durham Cathedral

Bishop Paul Roger Butler will replace Justin Welby in the high-profile Church of England position

The new Bishop of Durham Paul Butler at Durham cathedral

Bishop of Durham pledges to battle North East poverty

The new Bishop of Durham has pledged to battle poverty, and revealed he would be in favour of a “Robin Hood” tax on banks

Senior stone mason Nigel Mawson, engraves the name of the next Bishop of Durham, Paul Butler, at Durham Cathedral

Stonemason carves new Bishop of Durham's name into stone

Right Rev Paul Butler will take up his new job at Durham Cathedral this weekend

There have been sharp rises in the number of people having to go to food bank

Conservative warns that benefit changes are making more use North foodbanks

A broken benefits system is causing people to turn to food banks, aspiring Conservative politician Anne-Marie Trevelyan has said

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond walking in front of a Saltire

It's time to look North as Scottish independence vote draws closer

The North East should look to Scotland for stronger links and partnerships. A conference in Newcastle tomorrow will look at that and how the region can help itself

CREDIT Keith Blundy / Aegies Associates. The Right Revd Paul Butler confirmed as Bishop of Durham at a service in York Minster led by the Archbishop of York

Election of new Bishop of Durham confirmed at York Minster ceremony

The election of the Right Reverend Paul Butler as the 74th Bishop of Durham has been confirmed

The new Bishop of Durham, the Right Reverend Paul Butler

New Bishop of Durham sees Living Wage as solution to food banks

The new Bishop of Durham has declared that society must start asking "deeper questions" about the rise in use of food banks

The new Bishop of Durham, the Right Reverend Paul Butler

New Bishop of Durham is announced as Rt Revd Paul Butler

The Bishop of Durham-Designate pledges to engage young people and tackle the "scourge" of poverty in the North East

Newcastle United's Wonga deal comes under fire in the North East

NEWCASTLE United’s decision to sign a sponsorship deal with loan company Wonga has prompted an angry reaction in the North East.

Leaders pray for Pope to visit the region

A CONCERTED effort is being made to persuade Pope Benedict XVI to make what would be the first ever papal visit to the North East.

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