The Pope's representative in Ireland will join Protestant church leaders for special services for Christian unity later this month.
Archbishop Charles Brown, papal nuncio, will preach at the Church of Ireland's St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast and St Patrick's Cathedral in Armagh.
St Anne's dean John Mann said the important annual occasion marked a coming together of Christians to share gifts in mutual love.
this service and that in Armagh the following day be a springboard for
future endeavours, weaving together the threads of the past whilst
stepping forward in unity and faith," he said.
The service at St
Anne's will include Fr Hugh Kennedy, administrator of St Peter's
Cathedral, and be attended by the Church of Ireland Bishop of Connor,
Alan Abernethy; the Bishop of Down and Dromore, Harold Miller and
Catholic bishops Noel Treanor; Donal McKeown and Anthony Farquhar.
Other representatives will include the Moderator of the Presbyterian
Church, Dr Rob Craig and senior Methodist cleric Donald Kerr.
of St Anne's and St Peter's cathedrals will take part.