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27/01/2017

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Fr Henry McCann

Well said Rev Steve and Fr Martin last night. And well spoken now. I've always thought that journalists don't only report the news but have the power to change it. No news is good news and often it's what is bad that gets reported. There are many good people and groups and associations doing great work on the ground in cross-community issues. If only our leaders could emulate them, but the media don't often report on them.

My grandmother often said "If you've nothing good to say, don't say it". It was heartening to hear Ian Paisley Jr say something graceful about Martin McGuinness on the occasion of his stepping down as Sinn Fein's northern party leader. And how courageous and inviting it was to hear him say how politicians should behave, and get on with the issues at hand, even in a civil manner if not friendly.

I have followed the work of yourself and my colleague Fr Martin in the 4 Corners festival. This work certainly highlights the good that can and is being done to cross the traditional "divide" if there really is such a thing nowadays especially when we are all facing the same uncertainties and future. Please God more courageous prophets may rise to the fore with God's message and desire for peace, respect, unity and fellowship. God continue to bless you all.

Fr Henry McCann PP (St Anthony's, Willowfield and chaplain to the Ulster Hospital, Dundonald)

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