A year of remembrance
Tuesday, 27 December 2016
BISHOP John McAreavey looked back at 2016 as a year of remembrance and hoped that those important c ommemorations of 1916 and the Somme, united the local community.
He recognised that Brexit will have a lasting impact and prayed that our political leaders will help guide us through these uncertain times.
As he looked back on a memorable year, the Bishop of the Dromore Diocese said: "There were many commemorations in 2016, including those within our own community.
“We remembered the events from the 1916 Easter Rising, the Battle of the Somme and all the different battles in the First World War.
“It's important to remember these things but it's also important to remember them in a way that unites people and does not create bad feeling.
“It has been a traumatic year - a year of really deep change and sometimes unsettling or worrying change.
“I really do think that this year's Brexit decision is something that touches everybody, particularly in this area.
“People are very concerned about what the future will bring, particularly in terms of the economic outlook and the future of our young people.
“During Christmas time we need to reassure ourselves that there's a power that holds this world of ours in its hands.
“May we pray for guidance and for our political leaders, at home and abroad, so that they can guide us in order for us to live in peace and in justice with each other."
Looking ahead to 2017, Bishop McAreavey added: "For next year, I pray for God's blessing on all of the families in the area and I pray that this new year will bring them happiness and the graces that they need."
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