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Friday, 29 September 2017 21:00

The Nuncio to Ireland Recommends Sr. Clare for Young People

Mons. Charles Brown

Msgr. Charles Brown:  She was changed by that Faith. And made her radiant and beautiful. Made her someone that all of us can consider an example to be followed.

Msgr. Charles Brown, Pope Francis' nuncio to Ireland until March 9, 2017, date on which he was appointed nuncio to Albania, recommended one thousand youth gathered in the Summer Encounter Youth 2000 to become familiar with Sr. Clare's example. His exact words are gathered in this article, along with a brief video containing his intervention.

Several Irish publications have echoed Msgr. Charles Brown's homily, dedicated to the young people at the end of the Youth 2000's Summer Encounter, which took place in Roscrea, Ireland, from July 7-10, 2016. Msgr. Brown is currently Papal Nuncio to Albania, but at the time, he was Pope Francis' Nuncio to Ireland.

In his message, Msgr. Brown exhorted over one thousand young people present to not be afraid to proclaim their Faith: "We need young people to speak our faith. The Church is built upon young people." The Archbishop presented three saints as role models for young people, saints who were not afraid to proclaim their faith before the world: St. Thérèse of Lisieux, St. Joan of Arc, and Bl. Charles de Foucauld. 

He also recommended them to become familiar with Sr. Clare's life with these moving words: "All of us reflect on the beauty of the life of Sr. Clare Crockett, which I'm sure, all of you know already. Look at the youtube of her life. Go right now, not now but later, look at youtube, look at Clare Crockett. This beautiful girl from Derry, who left everything to follow Jesus, and died tragically in the earthquake in Ecuador earlier this year. But a girl whose life was totally transformed by her Catholic Faith. She was changed by that Faith. And made her radiant and beautiful. Made her someone that all of us can consider an example to be followed. And, perhaps, a saint to be prayed, too: Clare Crockett."

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