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Good Friday Agreement

Seeds of democracy and vision sown in 1916 needed today says Bishop Farrell

“The great challenge, now as it was then, is to create a society which will enable all of its citizens to flourish in equality in a country with an identifiably distinctive voice in Europe and in the world, an Irish republic, a sovereign independent state to use the words of the Proclamation.”

2019.05.09.

Killing of journalist saddens community but strengthens peace resolve

“This is a strong community that will put pressure on those who have brought violence into the community.”

2019.04.20.

Primate’s St Patrick’s Day message highlights uncertainty over Brexit

Families across the island of Ireland - including those who live and work along the border and those who make their living from farming, business and haulage - have expressed anxiety about the future to Archbishop Eamon Martin.

2019.03.17.

Pope recognises Good Friday Agreement’s role in bringing peace to Northern Ireland

“We can give thanks for the two decades of peace that followed this historic agreement, while expressing firm hope that the peace process will overcome every remaining obstacle.”

2018.08.26.

Church leaders pay tribute to Good Friday Agreement in Rome

“There are no quick fixes,” but the accord “gave us the opportunity – the breathing space – to look for goodwill”: Archbishop Richard Clarke.

2018.05.23.

Impasse in Northern politics due to indifference says bishop

“In our two communities or in our various communities we are happy enough the way we are and we couldn’t be bothered,” says Bishop Alan McGuckian SJ of Raphoe.

2018.04.11.

Life of faith in a post-Hawking era is not easy: CofI Primate

“People of faith cannot escape, nor should we want to escape, the expansion of perspective on the cosmos that he has given us."

2018.04.04.

Reverend Trevor Sargent remains green

His knowledge and interest in the environment lends itself to the fifth mark of mission in the Anglican Communion, to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.

2017.08.31.

Stormont should bring in Irish Language Act, says Bishop of Raphoe

I would like to see DUP supporters and other people beginning to find some affinity with the Irish language and not see it as a threat.

2017.08.14.

Please pray for peace process, asks Archbishop of Armagh

“Lord Jesus Christ, you are the way of peace. Come into the brokenness of this land with your healing love.”

2017.04.09.

New plan unveiled to attract more Catholics to join PSNI

Included in the plan is an advertising campaign which will target “cold spots” across Northern Ireland where it has proven particularly difficult to attract people from the Catholic community.

2017.04.09.

Death of Martin McGuinness announced

Martin McGuinness “made an immense contribution to sustaining peace by reaching out a hand of friendship and reconciliation and being prepared to model alternatives to dispute and division” – Archbishop Eamon Martin.

2017.03.21.

Primate “nervous” of any reconstruction of the border

“We want to say as bishops our firm ‘no’ to a harsh language and remind our politicians that their vocation is to work for the common good and exercise their leadership through the careful practice of compromise and agreement.”

2017.02.28.

All-Ireland Hurling champions to pay special tribute to Fr Alec Reid

Redemptorist priest played a significant role in the Peace Process in Northern Ireland for many years.

2017.01.21.

Sinn Fein MLA says peace walls will be removed by 2023

“By removing a peace wall we open a door to a new shared space and I believe we should be ambitious in our efforts.”

2016.08.11.

‘Voting for those who will govern is a moral act’

Northern bishops outline ten questions for catholic voters to put to candidates standing in the Assembly elections.

2016.04.28.

Churches can nurture ‘healing conversations’

2016 commemorations have the potential to stimulate much-needed reflection on where we are as a society and what we want to achieve for the future.

2016.01.01.

Bishops from sixteen Churches explore unity

40 churchmen pray for safe release of Orthodox Bishop of Aleppo, Mar Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim, kidnapped in 2013 and the release of Metropolitan Boulos.

2015.12.12.

Ban Ki Moon’s role as a bridge builder praised

“Ireland has always been one of the strongest supporters of the United Nations and some 90 Irish soldiers have lost their lives in the quest for worldwide peace.”

2015.05.26.

Concern as Catholic numbers in the PSNI drop

“Unless further initiatives are taken regarding the composition of the police service we could be witnessing a reversal of Patten.”

2015.03.15.

Bishops concerned by NI groups who reject dialogue

"Our communities cannot afford a return to conflict."

2013.12.05.

Catholic Church in Harryville to be demolished

Leaking roof and structural problems make cost of repair prohibitive.

2013.07.21.
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