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Bishop of Liverpool James Jones to retire in August

By David Bartlett, Liverpool Echo

THE Bishop of Liverpool, James Jones, today said it had been “a joy” to serve in the city as he announced he will retire on his 65th birthday in August.

Bishop James and his wife, Sarah, will move to their cottage in Yorkshire and the Bishop of Warrington, the Rt Rev Richard Blackburn, will take over until a permanent replacement is appointed.
He will remain an advisor to Home Secretary Theresa May on Hillsborough, after chairing the independent panel into the disaster which revealed the full truth behind the tragedy.

News of his departure – after 15 years in his role – comes just weeks after Liverpool’s Catholic Archbishop Patrick Kelly announced he, too, would step down after suffering a slight stroke.

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