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Visit Northern Ireland’s religious leaders urge pope

ARMAGH (UCAN): The La Croix daily reported on May 9 that head of the archdiocese of Armagh and primate of All Ireland, Archbishop Eamon Martin, joined Protestant leaders in urging Pope Francis to extend his August visit to the country’s North. The pope is slated to visit Dublin in August for the World Meeting of Families—the first papal visit to Ireland since 1979. On that occasion Pope John Paul II was unable to travel north due to the problems there at the time.
 

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Brexit could complicate Good Friday Agreement says Irish bishop

DUBLIN (CNS): April 10 marked the 20th anniversary of the historic Good Friday Agreement, which finally brought peace to Northern Ireland. The peace deal effectively brought an end to The Troubles, which had cast a sectarian shadow over region for three decades and resulted in the deaths of more than 3,500 people, the majority of whom were civilians.
 

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Police guilty of collusion as charged

BELFAST (CNS): A June 9 report from the Ombudsman’s office in Belfast, Northern Ireland, has described police collusion with gunmen from the Ulster Volunteer Force in the murder of six Catholic men in a pub in Loughinisland village as a catastrophic and indefensible investigative failing amounting to a corruption of the criminal justice system.

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