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More female than male trainee vicars

By Sally Wardle

More women than men are starting training as priests for the first time in 16 years, the Church of England said.

Of the 544 people in this autumn's intake, 274 ordinands are women while 270 are men.

It is the first time that men have been outnumbered since 2001.

The figure also represents the highest number of women beginning their journey to priesthood in a decade.

Julian Hubbard, director of the Church of England's Ministry Division, said: "The number of women entering training is greater and numerically rising faster than at any point in the last 10 years."

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