Archbishop's Christmas tweets tell of 'helpless baby' who offers 'true freedom'

The Archbishop of Canterbury has issued a Christmas message on Twitter, celebrating how a baby "born in the lowest place" outshone the world's most powerful leaders.

The Most Rev Justin Welby put a modern twist on his festive reflections by this year publishing a thread on the social media site, complete with a hashtag.

His words echoed Pope Francis's address at Christmas Eve Mass in the Vatican, focusing on Jesus's humble beginnings amid poverty and conflict.

Francis told worshippers that the journey made by Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem had parallels with the migrant crisis, as millions of people are "driven from their land".

The Archbishop will deliver his sermon at the Sung Eucharist service at Canterbury Cathedral at 11am.

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