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Bishop's Easter message of hope for divided society

Easter Sunday service at Chelmsford Cathedral. Credit: ITV News Anglia

One of the region's senior Church of England Bishops has said Easter offers a message of hope at a time when our society is most divided.

The Bishop of Chelmsford Stephen Cottrell spoke of the tragic church bombings in Sri Lanka as well as the problems faced closer to home.

At his Easter Day service he told the congregation there was hope for the world.

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The Right Revd Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Chelmsford, said: "My message for this Easter this year I'm afraid is nothing original, it's the same message as the last 2,000 years which is Christ is risen.

"What that means is that there's hope. And we live at the time at the moment where there's a lot of divisions in our society across the world.

"Yet another tragedy this morning when we heard about the bombings of the churches of Sri Lanka.

"The message of Easter is the message that death is not the end, that there are new beginnings."

The congregation arrives at Chelmsford Cathedral. Credit: ITV News Anglia