Church leaders person travel unneurotic to present a connection of reconciliation astatine a cross-community work to people the centenary of the enactment of Northern Ireland, PA Media reports. PA says:
Boris Johnson and Irish overseas curate Simon Coveney were among dignitaries who attended the work astatine St Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral successful Armagh.
The event, titled A Service of Reflection and Hope, was organised by the leaders of the main churches.
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Brandon Lewis, First Minister Paul Givan, DUP person Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, UUP person Doug Beattie, SDLP person Colum Eastwood and Alliance person Naomi Long besides attended the service.
Sinn Féin did not nonstop a representative.
The Queen had been acceptable to be but was incapable to question aft she fell ill.
The sermon was delivered by the president of the Methodist Church successful Ireland, Dr Sahr Yambasu.
Originally from Sierra Leone, helium is the archetypal African-born person of 1 of Ireland’s main churches.
He said helium hoped the lawsuit could assistance radical successful Northern Ireland to take a mode guardant which is mutually beneficial for everyone.
He said: “Today, we are marking a constituent successful our history. We person travel a agelong mode - not conscionable a period but centuries. During that time, radical person cared for 1 different and made efforts to physique community.
“But we person besides been blighted by sectarian divisions, unspeakable injustices, destructive unit and by win-lose governmental attitudes.
“So, this work provides america with an accidental to springiness acknowledgment and, also, lament; to ideate what could beryllium and to take the mode guardant that tin beryllium mutually beneficial.”
Although unionists person been keen to observe the 100th day of Northern Ireland this year, it was created by the partition of Ireland and nationalists person little affirmative views of the anniversary. Kevin Meagher explains this good successful his precise bully caller past of Northern Ireland, What a Bloody Awful Country. Meagher, peculiar advisor to Shaun Woodward erstwhile helium was Northern Ireland secretary, describes Northern Ireland arsenic “a masterclass successful failed statecraft” whose instauration led to a 50-30-20 period - 50 years of unionist dominance and Catholic oppression, 30 years of violence, and 20 years of stop-start progress.