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'May we keep this image of Christ before us throughout our synodal journey: The Christ who sat at meals and on hillsides with the poor, the rich, the Jews, the Pharisees, the virtuous and those with poor reputations. He listened to everyone and saw their inner dignity which is only visible to God. Christ led them to recognise themselves as deeply precious and loved by God. It is my hope that on our synodal journey in the diocese of Ferns, we too will identify those we have shut out or who feel marginalised, and that we will be as gentle as the Saviour in inviting people to an understanding that they too are cherished children of God'.

Bishop Ger Nash


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