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Youngsters to take part in Easter Monday pilgrimage

The Archbishop of Canterbury will be joined by around 700 children on a pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral Credit: PA Wire

Hundreds of young people are expected to join the Archbishop and Diocese of Canterbury on a pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral.

It is thought around 700 children, aged under 18, will make their way across Kent to the Cathedral, where a special service will be held to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus at 12 noon.

It will then be followed by a lively youth-led service, including prayers, workshops and activities.

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Easter sermon to highlight hardship of conflicts

The Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Reverend Justin Welby Credit: Press Association Images

The Archbishop of Canterbury will use his Easter sermon to highlight the hardship of people suffering from conflict around the world and in Britain.

Speaking later today from Canterbury Cathedral, Archbishop Justin Welby will say: 'In Syria mothers cry for their children and husbands. In the Ukraine neighbours cry because the future is precarious and dangerous. In Rwanda tears are still shed each day as the horror of genocide is remembered.

'In this country, even as the economy improves there is weeping in broken families, in people ashamed to seek help from food banks, or frightened by debt. Asylum seekers weep with loneliness and missing far away families.'

"Churches providing hope as well as food to those in need"

The Archbishop of Canterbury has praised local churches for working together to help people who need to use food banks. The Most Reverend Justin Welby was speaking after the annual Good Friday Procession of Witness in Dover this morning.

He led residents and church-goers through the town and up to St Mary's in Castro Church, at Dover Castle. Earlier, he spoke to soup kitchen and food bank volunteers.

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Archbishop of Canterbury bears the Easter cross

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby carries the Easter cross through Dover Credit: Press Association

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has led the Procession of Witness through Dover. He led residents and church-goers through the town and up to St Mary's in Castro Church, at Dover Castle. Earlier, he spoke to soup kitchen and food bank volunteers.

Exclusive: Christmas expense making families 'miserable', says Archbishop of Canterbury

The Archbishop of Canterbury has said that people are making themselves "miserable" at Christmas because of the pressure of buying expensive gifts for loved ones.

In an exclusive interview with ITV's financial guru Martin Lewis, Justin Welby admits it is a cliché for him to be complaining about modern consumerism - but said that people were risking their relationships by spending big, leaving themselves short of money.

The Archbishop’s comments mark the first time he has spoken about Christmas in a television interview and will feature on The Martin Lewis Money Show: 12 Saves Of Christmas, which is due to air this week.

Watch the full interview below:

You can watch The Martin Lewis Money Show: 12 Saves Of Christmas on ITV on Tuesday 12 November at 8pm.

Archbishop warns MPs not to rush Syria decision

The Archbishop of Canterbury has warned MPs not to rush their decision on whether to vote for military intervention in the Syria conflict.

Ahead of tomorrow's early return to Parliament, the Most Rev Justin Welby said he feared the possible consequences of intervention, saying they were "beyond description and horrible".

The Most Rev. Justin Welby has warned MPs not to rush their decision on Syria. Credit: ITV Meridian

He told the Daily Telegraph: "I have had a lot of conversations with people in the region.

"I think the overwhelming sense is of a really moving and terrible sense of fear about what might come out of, what might be happening in the next few weeks - not predicated on people doing one thing or people doing another, just a sense that this a terribly, terribly dangerous time."

However, the Archbishop acknowledged that the Government was better informed than he was, making clear that he had no sense that politicians were "slavering" to "unleash the dogs of war."

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