Speaking in St. Patrick's Cathedral, Armagh, Cardinal Conway asked the people to join the Holy?
Speaking in St. Patrick's Cathedral, Armagh, Cardinal Conway asked the people to join the Holy Father in praying for "peace and justice" in the community at the present time.
"During the past ten days the peace here has been violently disrupted by a series of explosions.
I want to say quite clearly that I have a very open mind as to the identity of the organisation responsible for these outrages.
In any event there is no doubt that they have led to a dangerous increase of tension in the community and carry with them the risk that ugly passions, which one had hoped were dying, may be rekindled.
In these circumstances it is the clear duty of every man and women in the community to avoid doing anything or saying anything which could heighten the present tension.
Even a spark can sometimes produce a conflagration. And here may I say how very sorry I am that some irresponsible hooligans caused trouble here in Armagh in the early hours of this morning.
The Civil Rights movement has shown a high sense of responsibility in this situation and deserves to be commended for it.
I am confident that everyone in the community who has the true spirit of Christ in his heart will exercise a similar restraint at the present time, even under provocation. To refuse to be provoked is a sign of strength and not of weakness.
A particular responsibility rests upon parents because young boys and girls often do not realize when they are playing with fire and can easily be carried away by excitement. Fathers and mothers should help them to see the danger and should exercise a wise control over their behaviour.
A general extension of violence would do untold harm not merely to hopes for justice and peace but also to economic life and inevitably the effect of this would be felt most keenly in the homes of the poor.
At the present time thousands of decent Christian people on both sides of this divided community are sick with worry and this is one of the saddest aspects of the whole business. We all believe in the same God and in the same Lord Jesus Christ. Let us redouble our prayers for peace and for the justice which is the only lasting foundation of peace.