The safe return of Claudia Lawrence to her family and the
welfare of serving members of the armed forces should be in our prayers,
according to the
Archbishop of York, Dr John
Sentamu, in his Christmas message to readers of The Press.
I want to wish you and your families a wonderful Christmas and a
happy New Year.
“It has been four incredible years since I arrived in York and I
am always touched by the generosity and hospitality of people in this
city. “People here have made me and my family very welcome and for that
I will always be grateful.
“Christmas is a time for resting and finding time for those we
love. Celebrating with our families and friends and thanking God for
what he has given us.
“But let us also spare a thought for those who are alone and for
families who are apart.
“Let us keep Claudia Lawrence and her family in our minds at this
difficult time. Let us continue to pray for her safe return, and for
that of Madeleine McCann.
“We cannot even begin to imagine the pain and suffering that
these two families are experiencing. My heart goes out to them.
“Let us remember our brave servicemen and women who are fighting
overseas to protect the families of others, while theirs remain here in
“Let us think of others as well as ourselves this Yuletide.
“I hope you all have a blessed and peaceful Christmas.”