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Archbishop Gordon: Violence in TT difficult to deal with

HOLY WEEK BEGINS: Archbishop Jason Gordon sprinkles holy water on the congregation at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help RC Church in San Fernando during Palm Sunday mass yesterday.   PHOTO BY VASHTI SINGH
HOLY WEEK BEGINS: Archbishop Jason Gordon sprinkles holy water on the congregation at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help RC Church in San Fernando during Palm Sunday mass yesterday. PHOTO BY VASHTI SINGH

RC Archbishop The Most Rev Jason Gordon, lamented that the violence in our country is very difficult to deal with as crime continues to escalate.

He was speaking with reporters after the Palm Sunday service at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help RC Church, Harris Promenade, San Fernando yesterday morning.

“As a nation, we have to stop and ask, ‘what’s all this anger about and where is all this violence coming from and how are we contributing to this violence?’”

He said people are angry and it is manifested in the way they drive, behave at their homes and in the workplace.

“I think every citizen can find a way to bring it down. If each one of us brings it down in our own sphere, we’ll experience the whole temperature of violence and anger in the country coming back down and that will help.”

He said citizens need to find ways to help people who suffer from depression and other mental illnesses.  He said when he sees the types of crimes committed, "we have to ask ourselves, ‘is that anger?’ It seems so strange.”

He said his heart goes out for murder victims and their families who have suffered. “I will continue to pray for them that God’s mercy will be with them.”

Gordon said during this Holy Week, citizens must remember the suffering and the passion of Christ.

“So as we live this holiest of all weeks, where we look at the way Christ has suffered and died, let us be conscious of the suffering ones in our midst and let’s do something to help and alleviate the suffering.”

Scores of people attended the service and were given palms which were blessed.

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