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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.

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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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Archbishop of Canterbury to visit Holy Land

The Archbishop of Canterbury will begin a five-day visit of Egypt and the Holy Land this weekend.

The Most Rev Justin Welby will fly to Egypt to meet fellow Anglican bishops and visit holy sites.

Mr Welby is said to be keenly aware of the pressures on the region at the moment - not least the conflict in Syria.

The Archbishop also spent his honeymoon in the Holy Land with his wife, Caroline, who will be travelling with him on the trip.

The Archbishop has visited the Middle East several times prior to taking on his new role and wants to support the work of the president-bishop of the Episcopal Church and Anglican bishop in Jerusalem.

'The trauma of child abuse victims will last many years'

The Archbishop of Canterbury renews his apology to victims Credit: Press Association

Some clerical child abusers may have so far gone unrecognised for their historical crimes within the scandal-hit Diocese of Chichester, a report says.Its authors also report that other survivors of known abusing clergymen may still feel unable to come forward to report their suffering.

The findings of the report, published tonight, have prompted the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Justin Welby, to renew his apology to victims of clerical abuse for their "pain and hurt".

Dr Welby said the Anglican church can never ignore the "hurt and damage" committed to victims who should "never have been let down" by people who should have been trusted.

The final report into the operation of child protection policies in the Diocese of Chichester in West Sussex has been published two years after the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, ordered a visitation.

It followed a series of scandals involving clergymen within the diocese which has led to several being arrested, charged and convicted for historic sex crimes against children.

The report's authors, Bishop John Gladwin and Chancellor Rupert Bursell QC, said the diocese has "moved forward a very long way" in recent months and has put in place "excellent" safeguarding practices.

The diocese is "committed" to preventing any further abuse occurring and to responding effectively to the ongoing trauma of victims that will last "very many years", the report says.

Court update: Man lunges at Charles' car

A protester has been bound over to keep the peace for 12 months after he lunged at a car carrying the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall before the Archbishop of Canterbury's enthronement in Canterbury.

Jonathan Elliott, 47, was arrested on suspicion of breach of the peace after running at the car containing the royal couple.

The incident happened as guests filed into the cathedral grounds for the enthronement of the Most Rev Justin Welby as the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury.

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