THE ARCHBISHOP of York has invited people to join him in praying for peace and justice as he begins a week-long fast and vigil.

Dr John Sentamu will be praying on the hour, every hour, from 6am to 6pm, from today Sunday (August 24) until next Sunday, August 31, in St John’s Chapel at York Minster.

Dr Sentamu said: "Dearly beloved Disciples of Jesus Christ, wherever you are in the world, I beseech you, in the Name of our Lord, to join me in heart and mind for seven days of prayer and fasting for peace and justice in God's World.

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"Please join me in praying especially for those places in our global village devastated by militarism, idolatry (the worship of God wrongly conceived), dictatorships and abject poverty.

"One way of making our solidarity and commitment together to be instruments and makers of peace is to place white linen in our windows.

"All people of good will may do this. Be the change you want to see."