AMERICA/DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - "Living the Year of Mercy nurturing peace": the feast of the Virgin of Altagrazia, patroness saint of the country

Friday, 22 January 2016 pity   evangelization   bishops  

Higuey (Agenzia Fides) - The Bishop of Higuey, His Exc. Mgr. Nicanor Peña, President of the Episcopal Conference of the Dominican Republic, asked everyone to transform the country into a homeland where everyone can live safely and where Dominicans are not afraid of each other. He also urged the political authorities to establish a sincere and open dialogue to discuss major national issues.
This is how Mgr. Peña expressed himself during the Mass celebrated in the Basilica of Higuey, on the occasion of the feast of the Patroness saint of the Dominican Republic, the Virgin of Altagracia, which was attended by President Danilo Medina and other government officials, and hundreds of faithful from all over the country.
The Virgin of Altagracia gives us the strength to continue to serve others, carrying out the works of mercy, the Bishop said: "In her hands we place our country, all Dominicans, so that She intercedes for us, to have the grace to live our life of faith intensely without fear, as she herself did", Mgr. Nicanor Peña recalled that 2016 was declared by Pope Francis as the "Year of Mercy" and urged all Dominicans to nurture peace. (CE) (Agenzia Fides 22/01/2016)