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Bishop of Bedford Consecrated at St Paul's Cathedral

The Venerable Richard Atkinson has been consecrated the Bishop of Bedford in the Diocese of St Albans by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Giving the sermon, The Right Reverend John Packer, Bishop of Ripon and Leeds, told the congregation: "An Ascension Day is the most joyous of festivals; barriers are broken."

The congregation of around 500 sat under the dome to witness the ordination and consecration, with many people coming to London from Bedford.