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Bishop of Penrith appointed as new Bishop to the Archbishops of Canterbury and York

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A new role of Bishop to the Archbishops of Canterbury and York has been announced by the Church of England. 

The Bishop to the Archbishops of Canterbury and York will replace the Bishop at Lambeth role. The Bishop of Penrith, Rt Rev Dr Emma Ineson will be the first-time holder of the position as Bishop Tim Thornton, the current Bishop at Lambeth, retires in September. 

Speaking to Premier, Bishop Emma said she felt "very honoured and delighted" to be taking on the role from 1st June.

"[I'm] really looking forward to helping those two offices and two people to work really well together and to see what I can do to take forward the vision of God in the Church of England for this time," Bishop Emma told Premier.  

The new role will facilitate work between Lambeth Palace and Bishopthorpe as well as supporting both the Most Rev Justin Welby and Most Rev Stephen Cottrell and their teams. 

Bishop Emma continued: "I'm currently a bishop in the Northwest so I'm really excited about the opportunity to be working right across the whole Church of England, the north and the south."

She will also be overseeing the Lambeth Conference in 2022, a once a decade meeting of all the bishops in the Anglican Communion. 

Bishop Emma was appointed as Bishop of Penrith in May 2018, prior to her consecration at York Minster in February 2019. In 2016 she was also appointed as an Honorary Chaplain to the Queen. 

When asked about her priorities in the job, she said supporting the work of the vision for the Church of England as the coronavirus pandemic comes to an end will be one of them. 

"I've been privileged already to be engaged with some of the work on the new emerging vision for the Church of England, which is to be a simpler humbler, bolder church. A big part of this role will be continuing to support my colleagues in working on that vision too, which is really exciting."

Most Rev Justin Welby said: "I am truly delighted to welcome Bishop Emma to Lambeth Palace. I know she will bring her considerable wisdom, humour and humility to the role, as well as her wealth of experience as a chaplain, teacher and outstanding preacher."

Most Rev Stephen Cottrell said: "Her theological depth and pastoral heart will be a huge blessing in this important ministry, not just to the Archbishops, but to the Church of England as we strive to be a simpler, humbler and bolder church."

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