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Catholics encouraged to participate in electoral process

Published:Tuesday | February 16, 2016 | 12:00 AM

The leadership of the Roman Catholic Church in Jamaica has urged its members to play an active role in the electoral process.

In a pastoral letter penned by the Archbishop of Kingston Charles H. Dufour; Bishop of Montego Bay, Burchell McPherson; and the Bishop of Mandeville, Neil Tiedemann, the Catholic community was reminded of its right to vote and its Christian duty to take part in the decisions that affect the society.

"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," the letter said.

The archbishop and bishops also called on members to participate in the activities of Citizens Action for Free and Fair Elections, an organisation which, it said, grew out of Catholic social teaching.

They also called on congregants to pray for a peaceful election.