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Bishop dedicates Advent to abuse victims and their families

.- Bishop Michael Saltarelli of Wilmington has dedicated the 2006 Season of Advent in the diocese to victims of clergy sexual abuse and their families.

The bishop has asked that parishes in the diocese keep the healing of victims and their loved ones in their prayers and Masses during Advent. He has also asked each pastor to celebrate a special Advent prayer service, Mass or Holy Hour for the healing of victims and others effected by clergy sexual abuse.

Additionally, parishes are asked to include petitions in the Prayer of the Faithful for this intention at every Sunday and weekday Mass during Advent, which begins on Dec.3.

“The Advent season where we remember Our Lord’s Incarnation and anticipate the Second Coming of Christ is a time of hope,” Bishop Saltarelli said. “This season of hope and expectation is an ideal time for us to intensify our prayers together for the healing of victims of clergy sexual abuse and victims of sexual abuse in general.”

"Our efforts to protect God's children must be complemented by these spiritual efforts on behalf of victims and their families," he added.

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