Ill Archbishop of Canterbury cancels sermon

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

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has been forced to cancel his Christmas Day sermon after falling ill. Picture: PA

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.

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

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