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Bishop of Chichester hopes for less uncertainty in 2017

Dr Martin Warner

The Bishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner, says he hopes that 2017 will be a year "we can look back on as a good year" after the uncertainties of 2016.

In a New Year video message to his Diocese, the Bishop reflected on what has been a turbulent year.

Images which have flashed up on our screens, particularly from Syria have been traumatic. We have seen hospitals, schools and homes targeted and it has been traumatic.

– Dr Martin Warner

He appealed for people to have what he described as "the quality of reverence" in 2017 which added up to a basic respect for people and things.

He added that he feels the church continues to be relevant in Sussex communities, by making a contribution and improving the quality of people's lives.