FOOT AND MOUTH DISEASE
ARCHBISHOP BRADY CALLS FOR
RENEWED VIGILANCE AND PRAYER
The following Statement from Dr Seán Brady, Archbishop of Armagh, was issued today:
“In the light of recent developments, our hearts go out to the farming community, especially to those unfortunate farmers whose animals now have to be destroyed for the common good. Despite the best efforts of so many people, Foot and Mouth Disease has spread to County Louth, causing further anxiety and distress.
It is also a worrying time for people whose livelihoods are seriously affected by the current crisis, not least those employed in the food industry, tourism and several other sectors. They also deserve our understanding and support at this critical time.
It is important that the whole community continue to show its willingness to help by faithfully following the advice, regulations and instructions, given by the civil authorities at local and governmental level.
We believe in, and depend on, a God who is a bountiful Creator.
We hope in a God who is personally concerned with creation.
We are loved by a God who listens and responds to prayer.
I encourage constant prayer and fasting this Lent that this country may be preserved from further outbreaks and that all countries affected may succeed in bringing the disease under control. May God give consolation to those who have suffered loss, wisdom to those who have to make difficult decisions, and success to the work of the hands of all who are striving to overcome this disaster. I know that those who are excused from attending Mass because of the danger of spreading the disease will pray at home for a speedy end to this crisis. With the help of God and a continuation of wonderful solidarity from all sectors of the community, this crisis can, without doubt, be overcome. ‘May your love be upon us O Lord as we place all our hope in you’ (Psalm 32)”.
ENDS 24 March 2001