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Thursday, December 8, 2016
Bishops urge support for Sea Sunday
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¬†The Bishop of the Forces and the Bishop of Aberdeen have issued a joint message for Sea Sunday on 8 July urging all Catholics to spare a thought for the conditions faced by seafarers and the vital work of the Apostleship of the Sea (AOS). In their message, Bishop of the Forces Tom Burns and Bishop Peter Moran of Aberdeen note that "hundreds of thousands of seafarers are working on ships crossing vast expanses of ocean to bring us the goods we use and consume every day. Many of these seafarers are feeling lonely, tired and spiritually deprived. Typically recruited from poorer countries where wages are lower, seafarers spend up to 12 months at a time away from wives, sons, daughters and friends on the high seas. They are enduring dangerous working conditions and even exploitation. Seafarers and their families back home miss each other terribly." The bishops praise the work of the Apostleship of the Sea's port chaplains and ship visitors who welcome vulnerable seafarers to our shores in the name of the Church ≠ regardless of their creed or nationality ≠ and provide for their pastoral and practical needs. They write, "However far our parish communities may be from the sea, each of us benefits from the work of seafarers and each of us has a part to play in supporting the Church's outreach to seafarers. AOS 'makes Church' in the unusual circumstances of the lives of the people of the sea. It is a good news story and we all have a part to play in it." The bishops add, "This is why, as bishops and promoters of the work of AOS, we strongly encourage you to pray for seafarers and those who minister to them on your behalf. We also encourage you to support AOS financially, as far as you are able, and especially today on Sea Sunday." For more information see: www.apostleshipofthesea.org.uk
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