Archbishop in blessing for 'places of violence'
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin took to the streets of north inner city Dublin yesterday in a gesture of solidarity with a community that "suffers much" from gangland violence, poverty, unemployment and addiction.
Speaking in St Laurence O'Toole Church in North Wall, the senior churchman said the Corpus Christi procession through neighbouring streets was "in support of great families who work tirelessly and with courage every day in building community in Dublin's north inner city".
Walking the streets accompanied by a large crowd of local parishioners, he blessed the "places where violence has brought death and tragedy".
He also prayed for the locality's young people as he passed schools and remembered the older generation "that they will never feel lonely, frightened, or abandoned".
Dr Martin prayed for consolation for those left grieving and mourning.
At the beginning of the year, Dr Martin called for an end to gangland violence and accused drug barons engaged in murderous feuds of being "totally blinded by their own selfish interest in the drug trade".
Since the eruption of the Kinahan-Hutch feud at the Regency Hotel, there has been an increased armed Garda presence in the north inner city. Gardaí say they have foiled as many as 20 intended hits, but 12 people have still been killed.