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Apr 20, 2022

Few things bring more joy than hearing the carefree laughter of children. While many of us have memories of good times and innocent days gone past, sadly, there are many who have had the joy of childhood delights stolen from them. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Child abuse statistics are staggering and, in most cases of abuse, children are harmed by someone the family trusts. Dear friends it is incumbent that leaders in the Church and society unite with all people in protecting the health and well-being of the young; that we realize the lives of children are sacred; and that we understand there is an inherent dignity that belongs to every child of God. This month, and always, I invite all people of good will to be united in prayer for the safety and eradication of child abuse for all of God’s children.