Archbishop Eamon Martin speaks to Vatican Radio about the Year of Mercy

23 Sep, 2016 | News

The Primate of All Ireland, Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh will celebrate a Thanksgiving Mass this Saturday evening for all those who have been workers of mercy during this Jubilee year.

The Archbishop has invited people to share with him the names and work of those who put the corporal and spiritual works of mercy into action in their daily lives so they can be remembered at the celebration.

Speaking to Vatican Radio’s Chris Altieri, Archbishop Martin explained more about the Mass and the Year of Mercy in his Archdiocese.

“We’ve been very taken by Pope Francis’ words at the canonization of St Teresa of Calcutta”, said Archbishop Martin, “that she was an icon of mercy and also she was a model of holiness and using that as a springboard, I’ve been encouraging people throughout the diocese and indeed throughout Ireland to think about those people around them who are icons of Mercy…because as we know the universal Church has launched #BeMercy social media, a means of trying to tell people to think about the work of Mercy…I’m hoping that this Mass of thanksgiving will allow us to draw attention to individuals who are living and working the works of Mercy.”

Asked about initiatives for the Year of Mercy in his Archdiocese, Archbishop Martin explained, “I encouraged people in the diocese to write to me and to tell me about people they knew who are living and doing works. One letter he received was from a mother with severe diabetes who spoke about how her teenage son looked after her. The letter, said the Archbishop, “would bring a tear to your eye.”

Archbishop Martin noted that the Year of Mercy has put “a particularly interesting and innovative slant on the wonderful, powerful message of the Gospel.”

Click here to listen to the interview in full.



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