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Special service to be held for those who've lost babies

Canterbury Cathedral will be the venue for today's Saying Goodbye service Credit: Press Association

A special service is to be held at Canterbury Cathedral today for people who have lost a baby during pregnancy, at birth or in infancy. The Saying Goodbye services will be held at Cathedrals and Minsters across the country.

They aim to remember and acknowledge the lives lost or cut short in a reflective event. The services are open to people of all faiths, or no faith, and are free to attend.

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Justin Welby arrives in Canterbury

Justin Welby arrives. Credit: Derek Johnson

Religious leaders from across the globe are set to join royalty and senior politicians for the enthronement of the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The Most Rev Justin Welby will formally begin his public ministry as head of the Church of England, spiritual leader of the 77-million strong Anglican Communion and 105th Archbishop of Canterbury at a service in Canterbury Cathedral.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall as well as Prime Minister David Cameron will be among around 2,000 people attending the ceremony.

Those also in the congregation will include representatives of major world religions including Muslims, Jews and Sikhs and senior figures from the Roman Catholic and orthodox churches.

The event marks the formal reception of the Most Rev Welby, 57, at Canterbury, the mother church of the Church of England and of the Anglican Communion.

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