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In pictures: Church of England's first woman bishop consecration

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Image caption The consecration of the Church of England's first female bishop, the Reverend Libby Lane., has been taking place. She is the new Bishop of Stockport in the diocese of Chester.
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Image caption Her consecration comes after the church ended a 20-year long and divisive dispute and voted last year to allow women to serve as bishops. Legislation was formally adopted by the General Synod in November. Mrs Lane arrived in a procession including many clergy.
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Image caption The bells of York Minster rang as a congregation of nearly 2,000 people waited for the service to begin.
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Image caption The two-hour service was led by the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu. Other bishops ceremonially placed their hands on the new bishop and prayed for her.
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Image caption The congregation applauded after the Reverend Libby Lane was consecrated by Dr Sentamu, who anointed her head. He presented her with a bible and a crook.
Image caption But the ceremony was interrupted by a lone protester. The incident took place about an hour into the service as the Archbishop of York asked the congregation if it was their will that Bishop Lane was ordained. The question was put again and there was no further interruption.
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Image caption The new Bishop of Stockport posed for photographs outside York Minster after the service, with the Archbishop of York, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and other clergy.