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Dean of Canterbury steps in after Archbishop's illness

The Archbishop of Canterbury will not deliver his Christmas Day sermon because of illness.

Lambeth Palace said the Most Rev Justin Welby has been suffering from a "severe cold" for several days and decided this morning that he was too unwell to speak at the annual Canterbury Cathedral service.

A Lambeth Palace spokesman said: "The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, is suffering from a severe cold and will, with great regret, no longer be preaching the sermon at Canterbury Cathedral this morning.

"The Dean of Canterbury, the Very Rev Robert Willis, will deliver a homily."


Loneliness 'a killer' for rough sleepers

A homeless charity in the North East says it's not the cold, but loneliness which affects rough sleepers the most at Christmas. The People's Kitchen, based in Newcastle, looks after those in need - especially at this time of year. Volunteers say being without friends or family can have a huge impact:

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