Pope Francis and Great Imam of Al-Azhar sign Document on Human Fraternity affirming brotherhood of all men and women and condemning every form of violence, especially those “clothed with religious motivations”.
“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.”
“A visit to Northern Ireland, particularly with our history and with all that we've been through, is going to require a dedicated time,” says Archbishop Eamon Martin.
“There are no quick fixes,” but the accord “gave us the opportunity – the breathing space – to look for goodwill”: Archbishop Richard Clarke.
All indicators available suggest that global migration will continue for the future. Some consider this a threat. For my part, I ask you to view it as an opportunity to build peace
Become active ambassadors for peace in the Church and in the world, beginning in your own homes, families, workplaces and neighbourhoods, says Archbishop Eamon Martin
In 2009 Fr Patrick Devine SMA founded the Shalom Centre for Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation. It has now trained over 9,600 community leaders and village elders as peacemakers.
“The notion of embracing the challenges of Lough Derg would appear to be nonsense. But it is glorious nonsense – it is the most wonderful witness to the most profound spiritual values.”
Between 27 to 29 April, Bishops Donal McKeown and Ken Good will undertake a 30-mile walk together to promote reconciliation and highlight their shared Christian heritage.
“We are reminded of the value of peace by the passing of Martin McGuinness, who threw away weapons of war for an embrace of peace and how we have all prospered as a result.”
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.
God’s forgiveness is sought for the sins and failings of the Church and its members, including priests and nuns who “succumbed to hatred and violence, betraying their own evangelical mission”.
Senator George Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice at Belfast university will host Fr Patrick Devine who established the Shalom Centre for Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation in 2009 in Nairobi, Kenya.
“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.”
In his annual new year’s address to the diplomatic corps, Pontiff stresses need to promote peace in a time of mass migrations, economic stagnation and violent extremism.
Surge in interest among Irish pilgrims visiting Marian shrine during centennial year. Pope Francis confirms visit to shrine on 13 May, 100th anniversary of first apparition.
“Being unarmed does seem to suggest that, as a matter of policy, Gardaí will seek to respond to crime in a non-violent way. By doing this, they contribute to reducing the level of violence, rather than escalating it.”