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Society urged to be merciful

Published:Tuesday | December 15, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller (second left),  with (from left), Opposition Leader, Andrew Holness; Consul General to the Kingdom of Thailand, Thalia Lyn, and Archbishop of Kingston, the Most Reverend Charles Dufour, after  unveiling a plaque in memory of Gladstone and Maisie Chang, parents of  Lyn. Occasion was the launch of the Year of Mercy and the opening of the Holy Door of Mercy, at the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, in Kingston,  on Sunday.

Archbishop of Kingston, the Most Reverend Charles Dufour, is encouraging the nation to act mercifully towards the indigent, especially as the Catholic Church celebrates the Year of Mercy.

This, he said, could be achieved through the showing of love to an HIV-positive child, the elderly, and other individuals of society. In doing so, he indicated, "we are acting like Christ."

The archbishop made the call as he delivered the sermon to launch the Year of Mercy and to 'open' the Holy Door of Mercy at the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity in Kingston on Sunday.

Heading the list of guests at the ceremony were Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and leader of the Opposition Andrew Holness.

Recognised internationally from December 8, 2015, to November 20, 2016, the Year of Mercy symbolises acts of compassion in thought and deed and places an emphasis on forgiveness. It is celebrated in tandem with the 'opening' of the Holy Door of Mercy, and crossing its threshold is to symbolise spiritual renewal and the passage of sin to grace.

"We are called to change, we are called to conversion," said the archbishop. He also urged the nation's leaders to act as a unified body.

The ceremony involved the Blessing of the Rose Window and the unveiling of a plaque by Simpson Miller, Holness, the archbishop and consul general to the Kingdom of Thailand Thalia Lyn in memory of her parents, Gladstone and Maisie Chang.

Also attending the function were Political Ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown; Canadian High Commissioner to Jamaica, His Excellency Sylvain Fabi; and other members of the diplomatic corps.