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Irish cardinal laments increase in suicide

January 03, 2012

Cardinal Seán Brady of Armagh, the Primate of All Ireland, urged parents to take time to spend time with and listen to their children as he lamented the increase of suicide.

“The ability to listen is necessary in many areas of life but this is one which it is extremely urgent,” he preached in his January 1 homily. “Suicide is now the biggest killer of young men in Ireland, but not only young men. It is vitally important therefore that society, as whole, take on board its responsibility in this matter and give careful consideration to the challenge of listening appropriately to the concerns of young people.”

He added:

At the present time young people see how difficult it is to find a job and to form a family. The greatest challenge, however, is that of communicating to young people an appreciation for the positive value of life.

We Christians believe that God created the visible world in all its richness and beauty. The human person is the summit of the work of the Creator – and human life is sacred. When God’s original plan of sharing the happiness of Heaven with the human race was sabotaged by sin, God prepared another plan. He would send His Son to reveal his merciful love for all of us.


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