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Church of England to appoint new bishop for ethnic minorities
The Church of England will appoint a new bishop to reach out to black and ethnic minorities, the Bishop of Leicester has announced.
Whoever is appointed to the new role of Bishop of Loughborough, based in the Diocese of Leicester, will work towards creating new churches to reflect the cultural diversity of Leicester.
Rt Rev Martyn Snow told the Guardian "the diversity of the city is not reflected in our churches" and that "the majority of people going to Anglican churches are white-British, while there are more than 100 BAME churches, mostly neo-Pentecostalist."
Leicester is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the UK. Around 45 per cent of people identify as White British and 28 per cent identify as Indian.
The Bishop of Loughborough role is the first ever to have a focus on ethnic diversity and the first post to be created since 1987, when the Bishop of Brixworth was established.
Bishop Martyn added that the Church of England is "quintessentially English" and must be more welcoming to other cultures.
He said: "In the 1950s and 60s, when immigrants came from the Caribbean and elsewhere, they did not get a warm welcome in the C of E. We have to hold our hands up to that.
"They went off to set up other churches and we're now facing the legacy."
According to church figures from 2015, only 3.4 per cent of Church of England clergy were non-white with very few holding senior roles.
The position of Bishop of Loughborough is expected to be filled by the end of the year.
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