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Open yourselves to friendship with Christ, Irish prelate says in St. Patrick’s Day message

March 17, 2016

Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, has issued his annual St. Patrick’s Day message.

“Although a small number of people attempt to drag Ireland back to unrest and violence, people from across our communities are strongly committed to building bridges towards lasting peace,” he wrote.

“Following the example of Patrick, I call on Irish people, at home and abroad: open yourselves up to a personal friendship with Christ and to an experience of God’s mercy in your lives,” he added. This experience will change your life, as it did for Saint Patrick, and it will inspire you, in turn, to reach out in mercy and charity to those who are suffering and in need.”

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