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New bishop installed at Rochester Cathedral

Bishop of Rochester
Image caption The Right Reverend James Langstaff knocked to gain admittance to the cathedral

A ceremony has taken place to install the Right Reverend James Langstaff as the 107th Bishop of Rochester.

The service of celebration at Rochester Cathedral in Kent was planned as a blend of formal and informal elements.

Bishop Langstaff knocked on the cathedral doors to be let in and swore allegiance to the Queen and obedience to the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The service was also designed to reflect the bishop's personal preferences in music.

Students from Bishop of Rochester Academy took part, along with three scholars from King's School, Rochester.

Bishop Langstaff was previously the Suffragan Bishop of Norfolk but spent much of his life as a parish priest in Birmingham.

On his appointment, he said the church could be given a greater role in protecting the most vulnerable and talked about the "hard work" that would be needed to form new partnerships with the government to help deliver social care in the future.

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