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The Church of England will come under increasing pressure to appoint female bishops after Anglicans in Wales on Thursday voted to allow women to be ordained in the most senior posts there.There were cheers after the governing body of the Church in Wales ruled that from around this time next year women will be able to become bishops. Supporters and women's rights groups called the decision long overdue, arguing the exclusion of women from the top roles made the church less relevant in modern society.The decision adds to the pressure on the Church of England to follow suit – given that Scotland and Northern Ireland already allow female bishops. In England the issue is due to be discussed again in November; the archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has said there are "good signs" that the ordination of female bishops will be approved.Before the debate the archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan, said it made "no theological sense" not to ordain women as bishops when the church already allowed them to become deacons and priests.
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