A mass in support of His Holiness Pope Francis’ Universal Prayer for Peace and Dialogue among Nations was held last Saturday in Armagh, North Ireland at St. Patrick's Catholic Cathedral led by Archbishop of All Ireland, Eamon Martin.
The service was attended by Ulster Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, the Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Cathy Rafferty, parliamentarians and a congregation of an estimated 850 people.
The service was the result of an initiative by the Ambassador of Argentina to the United Kingdom, Alicia Castro.
In his sermon Archbishop Eamon Martin called for dialogue among nations, praised the work and courage of the Argentine Pope in striving for peace, blessed the Argentine people and, to a round of applause from the congregation, thanked the Ambassador for her initiative and attendance.
The town of Armagh, where St. Patrick began to preach, is the ecclesiastical capital of Ireland. It has the unusual feature of being home to two cathedrals both bearing the name St. Patrick’s, one Catholic, the other Protestant.
The Argentine Embassy gifted the recently-appointed Archbishop a silver cross, especially designed by Argentine silversmith Marcelo Toledo.
Following the ceremony, Ambassador Castro invited McGuinness, Sinn Féin leader, and other Irish politicians, to a dinner during which matters of shared interest were discussed.
The Argentine embassy release ends stating that Sinn Féin supports Argentina’s legitimate sovereignty rights in the Malvinas Islands.
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I would like her to produce in writing a signed statement from Sinn Fein to that precise effect? - oh dear - there isn,t one is there!!! - yet another Argie fantasy!Oct 20th, 2014 - 10:49 pm 0
Sinn Fein and Argentina - both tried to achieve with violence what they could not obtain by democracy. Indeed, both disappeared people, had dubious links to the Nazis and even today can't bring themselves to use the name of the territory they dispute. Actually they have quite a lot in common. That said, even Sinn Fein wouldn't use a religious service promoting peace to put out a political press release.Oct 20th, 2014 - 10:54 pm 0
eeewww! I feel like I need a good wash just from reading this article about some failed terrorists that have achieved so litle, and caused such division, all cosy together.Oct 20th, 2014 - 11:06 pm 0
Have looked for the equivalent Sinn Fien Statement, Can't find it. Anybody got any links?