Bishop James Jones to have heart bypass operation

Bishop James Jones Bishop Jones has served Liverpool since 1998

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The Anglican Bishop of Liverpool the Right Reverend James Jones is to have a heart bypass operation next week.

Bishop Jones, will have the elective surgery at Broadgreen Hospital, Liverpool said a diocesan spokesperson.

The spokesperson added: "As a result he is expected to be away from his duties for at least three months."

The 62-year-old bishop, who was appointed to Liverpool in 1998, said: "I am in good spirits and in good hands both divine and human."

The diocesan spokesperson said: "We would ask that you keep Bishop James, Sarah and the rest of the family in your prayers at this time."

Heart tests

Bishop Jones has had heart problems in the past but this procedure had not been planned.

His operation follows a routine angiogram.

The bishop's absence from work will also affect his role with the Hillsborough Independent Panel and his chairmanship of the panel on the future of Britain's forests.

The father-of-three served previously as Bishop of Hull from 1994.

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