The new bishop of Portsmouth was ordained today. Philip Egan, 56, was formerly the vicar-general in the diocese of Shrewsbury and succeeds Bishop Crispian Hollis, who retired this summer after more than 23 years in office. The service was broadcast online. In his homily, Archbishop Vincent Nichols, president of the bishops' conference of England and Wales preached a message of unity.
He said: "We belong to each other, for eternity, by [Christ's] command and by his grace ... This is the root of our ‘communio', of our unity and sense of identity. It is not a coming together round opinion or taste or ecclesiastical fashion, but a binding together in search of the truth in, through and with our Risen Saviour within the ‘communio' of the Church.
Above: Philip Egan, kneeling under the open Gospel, is ordained bishop