Archbishop 'saddened' by plight of families
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin said he was "really saddened" after the Capuchin Day Centre had to open a special section where homeless families can share a meal together.
At the Chrism Mass in Dublin's Pro Cathedral on Holy Thursday, Dr Martin expressed his solidarity with struggling families.
"These are parents and their children without a home who are, thank God, offered the possibility of being together to share - what we all wish to do - a family meal," he said.
Dr Martin also admitted that the failures of the Church often affected the lives of families. "I have heard the cry of parents who experienced the pain of one or other family member having been abused and many were not listened to," he admitted.
He also spoke about women, who as single parents, were taken away from their children, leaving others unaware that they had brothers and sisters.
And he recognised that children are being brought up in different settings, by married couples, by grandparents, by single parents and by gay and lesbian couples.
"This is a statement of fact not of ideology," he said.