[BBC] The Church of England's ruling general synod has begun debating revised plans to allow women to become bishops.
Delegates at the meeting in York will vote on the wording of a controversial new church law, which will be decided at a future gathering.
Previous attempts at creating similar legislation have been thrown out because of internal disagreements.
Opening the debate, the Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich said there was an urgent need for agreement.
The national assembly is being asked to back new proposals approved by the CofE bishops which could mean final approval for female bishops by 2015.
The last attempt to introduce women bishops was defeated at the last Synod in November.
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