The Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland has praised the progress made on the island towards reconciliation and understanding between people of different traditions and called all on Christians to fight against division.
Speaking at St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast on Tuesday at the
invitation of the Dean, Very Reverend John Mann, for Christian Unity
Week, Archbishop Charles Brown said relationships “had come a long way”
and “we are profoundly indebted to those who worked so hard and who
risked so much to bring us to where we are today”.
The nuncio said Christians must be both a sign and cause of unity
throughout the world.
“When societies and peoples are divided by
suspicion and by the memory of painful historical events, the followers
of Jesus Christ need to be the ones who show to others that
reconciliation is possible. In this way, we become a sign and a cause of
a wider unity,” he said.
The Christian Unity service was attended by two Church of Ireland
bishops, three Catholic bishops, the Moderator of the Presbyterian
Church, and the representative of the Methodist President.
Archbishop Brown also preached in St Patrick’s (Church of Ireland) Cathedral in Armagh on Wednesday.