Sunday 24 September 2017

Archbishop Martin: The 'horror' of a man being burned alive in Dublin's Phoenix Park

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin in St Mary's Pro-Cathedral.
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin in St Mary's Pro-Cathedral.

THE Archbishop of Dublin has said he is horrified that someone was burned alive in a city park.

The grim discovery was made by gardai near the Wellington monument in Phoenix Park in the early hours of Friday morning.

Detectives are still trying to identify the victim, who was violently beaten before being burnt alive in a sleeping bag.

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin called on Christians to be awake and attentive to where society is slipping into wrong ways.

In his homily at the Church of Saint Andrew on Westland Row, Dublin, Archbishop Martin said nations are still raising weaponry against others.

"In our own city how often do we read about knives being raised in violence and guns in vengeance and lives - young lives - being ruined?," he asked the congregation at a mass marking the first Sunday of advent.

"Like you, I am horrified to see in our world of progress and enlightenment that men and women and children are driven in their hundreds of thousands from the homes through wars as in Syria.

"Like you, I am horrified by the news of someone being burned alive in the Phoenix Park in these days.

"Christians in our society must find the ways to speak up and stand up as witnesses to the God of peace and loving care.

"Advent, then, is a moment in which we should interrupt our daily life and think about what is essential."

Detectives in Cabra have appealed for witnesses or anyone with information about the Phoenix Park killing to come forward.

A murder inquiry was launched when a post-mortem examination revealed that the homeless man was still alive, but probably beaten unconscious, when he was set on fire.

Sarah Stack, Press Association

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