News archive 2010

Bishops welcome the ‘Report of the Bloody Sunday Inquiry’

PRESS RELEASE
16 June 2010

Bishops welcome the Report of the Bloody Sunday Inquiry

On the third day of the Summer General Meeting of the Irish Episcopal Conference in Maynooth, the Bishops of Ireland prayed for those who lost their lives and were injured in Derry on Bloody Sunday, 30 January 1972, and in a joint statement today said: 

“We welcome the findings of the Report of the Bloody Sunday Inquiry and we share the joy and relief of the families of those killed and injured on Bloody Sunday.  We acknowledge the hurt and pain of the many people who lost loved ones on these islands during the course of the Troubles.  We continue to carry them all in our thoughts and prayers.

“We acknowledge the witness of Bishop Edward Daly, and the many clergy, whose part in Bloody Sunday and its aftermath is deservedly recognised.  We salute also all the politicians who have contributed in leadership roles and to the building of a solid peace.

“We acknowledge the pastoral leadership shown by the representatives of the other Christian Churches as demonstrated by their visit to Derry today.  Finally, we call on all those who are still committed to violence to recognise the futility of this approach and we plead with them to turn to a constructive political path to achieve their goals.”

ENDS

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