Plans to close a Roman Catholic chapel at a hospital and turn it into a Muslim prayer room have sparked an online petition - by the Catholic priest.

The proposal by bosses at North Manchester General Hospital has caused a furious reaction.

Father Ged Murphy of St Patrick's and St Malachy's parish in Collyhurst started the petition and it had 1,000 signatures within 26 hours.

His action was prompted by a letter issued to RC parishes by the Catholic chaplaincy team at the hospital.

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