Archbishop's warning over poverty

Food banks are here to stay, the Archbishop of York has warned as Britain grapples with a "new and terrible" growth in levels of poverty.

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Archbishop of York shocked over food poverty

Dr Sentamu warns against malnutrition and food poverty Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Food banks are here to stay, the Archbishop of York has warned.

Dr John Sentamu spoke of his shock at reading of a rise in hospital admissions for malnutrition and food poverty within his own diocese, a phenomenon he described as "dark stain on our consciences."

Archbishop of York in Northumberland

Dr John Sentamu
The Archbishop will dedicate a new shrine in Bamburgh Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

The Archbishop of York will visit the Northumberland village of Bamburgh later (26th August).

Dr John Sentamu will dedicate a new shrine at St Aidan's Church as part of a service from noon.

The Archbishop will also bless the village and will help children from Ellingham Primary School to lay a time capsule behind the shrine.

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Archbishop of York thanks people for their support

The Archbishop of York was able to speak at a charity campaign function yesterday, making his first public appearance since his operation for prostate cancer.

Dr John Sentamu was in Northern Ireland as a guest speaker at an event in Enniskillen ahead of the G8 summit.

The 63-year-old is still recuperating after undergoing an operation last month. He thanked people for their thoughts and prayers which, he says, have helped him through.

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