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Monday 22 May 2017

Remember homeless at Christmas - bishops

Wishing for a Christmas filled with hope: Primates of Ireland, Archbishop Richard Clarke and Archbishop Eamon Martin. Photo: Frank McGrath
Wishing for a Christmas filled with hope: Primates of Ireland, Archbishop Richard Clarke and Archbishop Eamon Martin. Photo: Frank McGrath
Archbishop Eamon Martin

Sarah MacDonald

The country's church leaders have urged the faithful to remember the homeless, refugees, those suffering as a result of terror attacks and those affected by flooding this Christmas.

In a joint message appealing to people to wish each other a hope-filled Christmas and New Year, the country's two most senior churchmen, Catholic Archbishop Eamon Martin and Church of Ireland Archbishop Richard Clarke in Armagh, described hope as "a rare commodity" in a world of violence and destruction.

And in their joint message, the Catholic and Church of Ireland bishops of Cork said this year's Christmas celebrations are taking place against the background of "fear and instability" following the terrorist attacks in Paris, war throughout the Middle East, and heightened international tensions.

Irish Independent

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