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One of the highlights of Saint Patrick’s week this year (2023) in Armagh is the arrival in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh, of a replica of the sculpture, ‘Let the Oppressed Go Free’ by Tim Schmalz. The sculpture graphically portrays the reality of human trafficking and the forced migration of people. A similar replica of the sculpture is also being welcomed this week by Cardinal Timothy Dolan in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, New York. Alongside the Sudanese Saint Josephine Bakhita, perhaps Saint Patrick can be seen as a patron for those around our world today who are victims of human trafficking.
Watch: Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, as he welcomes the arrival to Armagh Cathedral of a 6ft model of the human trafficking sculpture by Tim Schmalz ‘Let the Oppressed Go Free’ and explains the connection with Saint Patrick who was trafficked into Ireland in his youth: ‘Let the Oppressed Go Free’ in Armagh Cathedral for St Patrick’s Day – YouTube
Full Press Release – Thursday 16 March 2023. http://www.catholicbishops.ie/