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Ballymurphy Massacre priest called for army help minutes before being shot, inquest hears

“We’re going to get no help, there’s no help and we’re on our own.”

2019.02.18.

Methodist Minister proposes day to remember victims of Troubles in Northern Ireland

“Together across our community we might come together, each of us and all of us, from all sectors including the churches and acknowledge our part in the hurt, the grief and the pain of the past 48 plus years.”

2017.08.26.

Tributes paid to Fr Alec Reid in his home county

Fr Reid was one of the main negotiators in the IRA ceasefire which helped end decades of conflict in Northern Ireland. Along with Methodist Minister Rev Harold Good, he oversaw the decommissioning of IRA arms.

2017.07.08.

Primate concerned that hard borders accentuate differences

Archbishop Eamon Martin worried that a return to borders, checkpoints and customs could “play into the hands of those who would exploit it”.

2017.06.13.

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.

Tributes paid following death of much loved Derry bishop

“Bishop Edward was an iconic figure in the civic and Church life of Ireland, north and south. He truly lived and proclaimed the Good News of Jesus Christ and, in doing so, became a role model for all of us.”

2016.08.09.

Passionist priest says danger is part of his job

“The reality is I work where I work, I take the risks that I take - but I'm not Dougal out of 'Fr Ted', I don't do daft things.”

2016.04.23.

CofI Primate warns against abuse of memory

With 4,000 events scheduled for 2016 to commemorate the Rising, the “danger is that a future focus will be lost in the minutiae of ‘Risingology’."

2016.02.26.

Bishop recalls Kerry’s involvement in Easter Rising

Let commemorations “inspire us as a people to give of our best for our own people in Ireland and to open our hearts to world needs too”.

2016.01.04.

We must re-read our history & heal our memories

Bishop Leahy pays tribute to DUP leader Arlene Foster as an example of how we can deal with the past.

2016.01.02.

Tributes paid as Bishop Anthony Farquhar retires

Tributes to ecumenical and educational expertise of auxiliary bishop of Down and Connor, the longest-serving bishop in the country.

2015.12.04.

It was like the Troubles: Paris-based Irish priest

“I was transported back; I could not help it because there I became familiar with violence, I know how it works, and now it is here" - Fr Aidan Troy.

2015.11.16.

Mount Mellary recalls grotto apparitions 30 years on

Apparitions took place at the Grotto over nine consecutive days from 16 - 24 August 1985.

2015.08.17.

Primate appeals on behalf of the Disappeared

“Some families are living a long Good Friday and it is difficult for them to know the Easter promise of resurrection.”

2015.03.30.

Freedom of Derry conferred on two retired bishops

Bishop Edward Daly and Bishop James Mehaffey described as “two courageous figures who took huge risks for peace in the most difficult years of the Troubles”.

2015.03.25.

Bishop pleads for information on the Disappeared

“Sadly there may be people in the area that have information which would help in bringing closure to this sorry saga" - Bishop Michael Smith.

2015.03.19.

Dialogue makes people stronger – Imam

Christians and Muslims from Ireland and the UK meet to build bridges of understanding at Focolare gathering on dialogue.

2015.02.21.

Plaque will honour first Black Santa

Dean Sammy Crooks, who died in a road accident in 1986, staged his first Christmas sit-out for charities in 1976, establishing a tradition continued by all his successors.

2014.11.29.

Appeal to politicians to work together

CofI Archbishop expresses concern over the tension of recent days in Northern Ireland.

2014.05.06.

Tributes for Fr Alec Reid: chaplain to the peace process

"He worked hard behind the scenes to build peace through patient and delicate negotiation" - Archbishop Eamon Martin.

2013.11.23.
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