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Church of England appoints first black female bishop


The Church of England has appointed its first black female bishop.

The Rev Dr Rose Hudson-Wilkin begins her new role in November

The Rev Dr Rose Hudson-Wilkin, chaplain to the speaker of the House of Commons, has been named as the new Bishop of Dover.

Dr Hudson-Wilkin was born in Jamaica.

Dr Hudson-Wilkin, who is also a chaplain to the Queen, led prayers at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in May 2018.

The appointment of the Reverend Dr Hudson-Wilkin is being hailed as a significant breakthrough for black female clergy in the Church of England

BBC religion editor Martin Bashir says this is not only a significant moment in the career of the Reverend Dr Rose Hudson-Wilkin, but also symbolically important for the Church of England given the poor level of diversity, particularly in senior positions.

The number of clergy who identify as of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic has been historically very low but there has been a small increase in recent years.

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