Church officials hail political agreement in Northern Ireland

Transfer of authority
Church leaders in Ireland have welcomed an agreement concluded between the two largest political parties in Northern Ireland, which will see the completion of a process of devolving power from the British government.

The Roman Catholic Primate of All Ireland Cardinal Seán Brady hailed news of the agreement reached February 5, saying, “My prayer is that everyone in our society will reflect on what has been agreed today with a spirit of generosity and concern for the good of the whole community.”

Brady also expressed his hopes for a resolution of issues concerning sectarian parades, which have in the past led to violent confrontations. “I want to express my particular hope that efforts to address the issue of parades will be met with generosity, sensitivity and a willingness to go beyond old ways of approaching each other on all sides,” said the cardinal.


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