Church of England approves women bishops

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby (C) poses for pictures with women priests on the steps of St Paul's Cathedral in London, on May 3, 2014, to mark the twentieth anniversary of women becoming ordained priests in the Church of England (AFP Photo/Justin Tallis)

York (United Kingdom) (AFP) - The Church of England on Monday voted to allow its first ever female bishops, ending half a century of divisive wrangling over the role of women.

The decision taken by the church's governing body in York, northern England, reverses a previous shock rejection in 2012 and comes after intensive diplomacy by Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.