The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, has issued a warning over defence cuts during his Christmas message to soldiers serving overseas.
He told the British Forces Broadcasting Service that the cuts needed to be done with "far, far greater sensitivity" or they could "risk the safety of the nation and the peace of the world".
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