The Archbishop of York has had surgery today for an advanced form of prostate cancer.
Dr John Sentamu has released a statement on his website thanking the team of doctors and nurses who carried out the procedure at Saint James's Hospital in Leeds. The Archbishop, who is 63, says he will be out of action for some time as he recovers from the operation.
The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu has been visiting young people in the Diocese of Durham.
He has been accompanied by the Bishop of Jarrow for the two day trip which includes meeting primary school pupils and college students.
The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, has recorded a video message for Easter Sunday.
The Archbishop of York has called on the Health Secretary to intervene over the controversial suspension of the children's heart surgery unit in Leeds.
Dr John Sentamu visited the threatened unit and prayed with parents of poorly children today. It comes after doctors at the unit described claims by senior NHS managers that death rates there are twice the national average as "inaccurate and misleading."
Dr Sentamu said that if the data is wrong then the medical director of NHS England Sir Bruce Keogh has serious questions to answer.
The campaign to save the children's heart surgery unit in Yorkshire from closure has won the backing of the Archbishop of York. Health chiefs want to axe the Leeds unit and move services to Newcastle. Today Dr Sentamu visited Leeds General Infirmary in a show of support.
The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, is giving his support to the campaign to keep children's heart surgery in Yorkshire.
Under current plans outlined by the Joint Committee of Primary Care Trusts surgery will move to Newcastle, meaning patients and their families have to travel out of the region for treatment.
The decision is being reviewed by the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, following letters from concerned local authorities.