The Archbishop of York warned that defence cuts will compromise Britain's safety as he delivered his Christmas message to soldiers.
The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu will dedicate a new bell at All Saints Church, in Roos, East Yorkshire
Archbishop John Sentamu has paid tribute to the troops in Afghanistan as he lit two candles in memory of the six soldiers killed this week.
The Archbishop of York is to continue his two-day tour throughout the Diocese of Ripon and Leeds. Yesterday, the Most Revd and Rt. Hon, Dr John Sentamu, spent time in Leeds meeting a nightclub boss, speaking to health professionals and civic representatives.
Today in Ripon, Dr Sentamu will travel to Chantry Hall Bedale to hear about the Hope Debt Advice agency and meet with trustees and helpers. The Archbishop will also be in Harrogate and have a practical introduction to 'Witnessing on the Streets' - a project rehabilitating homeless people.
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We are flying our flag at Bishopthorpe at half mast today to remember our brave soldiers killed in Afghanistan. bbc.in/GBRRqg
Archbishop of York, John Sentamu speaks about the role of British troops in Afghanistan
– Archbishop of York, John Sentamu
My thoughts and prayers are with the families of these servicemen at this difficult time. We owe a debt of gratitude to our brave soldiers who are the best in the world.