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Church of England approves women bishops in historic vote

Published on Jul 14, 2014 11:52 PM

YORK, United Kingdom (AFP) - The Church of England overcame bitter divisions Monday to vote in favour of allowing female bishops for the first time in its nearly 500-year history.

The decision reverses a previous shock rejection in 2012 and comes after intensive diplomacy by Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.

Cheers erupted in the hall at the Church of England General Synod in York, northern England, as the measure passed.

The first women bishops could now be appointed before the end of the year.

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