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Sentamu "thankful" after prostate cancer surgery

Dr John Sentamu had surgery for 'locally advanced' prostate cancer at St James' Hospital Leeds. Photo: John Giles/PA Wire

The Archbishop of York has thanked his surgeons after having an operation today for 'locally advanced' prostate cancer. Dr John Sentamu had surgery at St James' Hospital earlier.

He has released the following statement, thanking medics and supporters.

I am thankful and grateful for Mr Bill Cross, and his surgical team at St James’ Hospital Leeds, who today operated on me for a locally advanced cancer of the prostate. I am also grateful to the nursing staff who are caring from me.

– Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York

"I am thankful, too, for all of you who regularly pray for me and support me, especially my staff at Bishopthorpe Palace.

"I will be out of action for some time, and will continue to value your prayers. I look forward to resuming my ministry as soon as possible.

"As I have often said, during the most trying times, I have derived great comfort from the words of the Taizé chant, ‘Aber du weißt den Weg für mich’, adapted from a passage in Letters and Papers from Dietrich Bonhoeffer, (a German Pastor and Theologian executed by the Nazis in 1945):

“God, gather and turn my thoughts to you. With you there is light, you do not forget me. With you there is hope and patience. I don’t understand your ways, but you know the way for me.”

I wish you all joy in the Lord."