The 41st Black Santa Sit-out is underway on the steps of St Anne’s Cathedral. Dean-Elect, Archdeacon Stephen Forde, joined the Bishops of Connor and Down and Dromore and Dean’s Vicar, the Rev Canon Mark Niblock, for the launch.

We will have more reports as the Sit-out progresses, but check out today’s Belfast Telegraph for the first of our daily Black Santa’s diaries, and read how Archdeacon Forde was looking forward to taking part in his first Sit-out!

Canon Mark Niblock, Bishop Alan Abernethy, Dean-Elect Stephen Forde (Black Santa in training) and Bishop Harold Miller at the launch of Black Santa 2017.