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Catholics, exercise your right to vote

Published:Thursday | February 18, 2016 | 12:00 AM

The EDITOR, Sir:

An open letter to members of the clergy, religious communities, pastoral workers and the Catholic community in Jamaica

Further to the announcement of the National General Elections to be held on Thursday February 25, 2016, we take this opportunity to remind all of the Catholic community that voting is a right that many throughout the world have been denied. As Christians we are called to be good citizens on earth and in heaven, to be active members and not passive spectators of society and in the decisions that affect us all. It is essential and urgent that we recover the importance of a political life that is consistent with democratic principles, that doesn't rob people of their expectations, especially the poor, and that is faithful to the principles of the dignity of the human person and the common good.

We also encourage all of the faithful who are able to participate in the activities of the Citizens Action for Free and Fair Elections (CAFFE), a movement that has grown out of Catholic Social Teachings, as they monitor the electoral process. It is through advocacy such as this that our Church can truly he the hands and feet of Christ in our world. Volunteer your time for the betterment of our country.

Apart from participation in the electoral process at various levels, let us also as a community pray. Let us pray for our country, all of our candidates, all who are involved in the operations of the elections, and indeed, all our brothers and sisters. Let us pray for our leaders, that they will govern well, that they will advance our beloved, beautiful homeland Jamaica, that they will lead our nation and our world forward, for the sake of peace and of the common good.

Most Rev. Charles H. Dufour, DD Archbishop of Kingston

Most Rev. Rurchell McPherson, DD

Most Rev. Neil Tiedemann, CP,DD Bishop of Montego Bay Bishop of Mandeville