In his address for National Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration Michael D. Higgins said, "Let us not forget that so little time separates us from the evil that was the Holocaust. This is not an event from the distant past.”
Given the “potentially profound and far-reaching implications” of Brexit for all citizens across the island of Ireland, participating in the European elections in an informed and conscientious way “has rarely been more important”.
“As we remember, let us also ensure that we do not become passive observers of discrimination or inequality in our society but remain vigilant to the emergence of racism and hate speech.”
Lord Alton suggests John Frain’s account of the role of Catholics in opposing Hitler and Nazism should be read as it also shows the Church's repeated denunciations of anti-Semitism and Nazism from 1928 onwards.
“I can only hope you understand how much I love Ireland – love all of you – and thank you for this privilege of opening the novena at a shrine so dear to my heart.”