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Thursday, December 8, 2016
Irish Catholics to hold day of solidarity with people of SE Asia
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¬†The Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland Dr SeŠn Brady, speaking on behalf of the four Archbishops of Ireland, has called on Irish people to observe tomorrow as a day of solidarity for the victims of the Tsunami that devastated South East Asia on 26 December last. This solidarity could take the form of reflection, fasting and generosity. Archbishop Brady said: "Irish people instinctively empathise with, and offer practical support for, people made vulnerable by disaster. While the human tragedy of the last eight days, which currently stands at 145,000 deaths and a United Nations estimation of 1.8 m survivors, has been upsetting beyond words - especially when set against the happy celebration of Christmas - we must now do all we can to support the survivors and help them in the reconstruction of their lives. "We are therefore calling on the faithful to observe this Friday as a day of solidarity with the victims. This demonstration of solidarity should include: ō Reflection: at family and parish level, people should take some time to come together and pray for the victims and survivors of the Asian earthquake and to give praise to God for our health and happiness; ō Fasting: people should undertake an exercise of fasting appropriate to their condition; ō Generosity: on this Sunday 9th January a special collection will be held at Masses across Ireland in support of the earthquake victims and the proceeds will be forwarded to Trůcaire, the development agency of the Irish Bishops' Conference." Archbishop Brady continued: "the Irish Government and our humanitarian organizations must be commended for their generosity and for the speed in which they have mobilised support to the affected regions of India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Thailand." "The Irish Bishops" concluded Archbishop Brady, "urge people to help generously by taking part in this day of solidarity on Friday next, as a most appropriate Christian and practical response to this terrible tragedy." Donations in Ireland can be made to Trůcaire, the development agency of the Irish Bishops' Conference on (RoI) 1850 408 408 or (NI) 0800 912 1200; or on http://www.trocaire.org or at any AIB bank. Source: Irish Catholic Media Office
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