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Sunday, December 4, 2016
Irish church leaders welcome historic accord
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¬†Protestant and Catholic church leaders in Ireland have welcomed the agreement between the leaders of the DUP and Sinn Fein to restore devolved government in Northern Ireland. At a news conference in Stormont yesterday, Ian Paisley and Gerry Adams, sat side by side to confirm that power-sharing would begin on 8 May. In a joint statement, Archbishop SeŠn Brady, Presbyterian Moderator Rt Rev Dr David Clarke, Archbishop Alan Harper and Methodist President Rev Ivan McElhinney said: 'Yesterday's announcements from the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party and the President of Sinn Fťin represent an important and welcome development in the search for a stable future for Northern Ireland. 'Along with many others, our Churches have long encouraged local politicians to work towards a devolved government for Northern Ireland and we trust that this is now to be realised. 'We would encourage all to continue to pray for our whole community and our future together. It is important that everybody continues to build a country where all are valued, difference is respected and peace and harmony can flourish.' Source: Irish Catholic Media Office
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