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Rwanda, 25 years after the genocide: The power of forgiveness

Jospehine Lamb
This week marked the 25th anniversary of the start of the Rwandan genocide, when Hutu extremists attempted to wipe out the country's entire Tutsi population. Out of fear and the promise of a better life, ordinary Hutu people were driven to kill their neighbours, friends and even their loved ones. Within 100 days, one million people had been killed. Josephine Lamb from Trócaire in Belfast recently visited a group of survivors and perpetrators in southern Rwanda. She describes their inspirational journey of reconciliation and how faith led them on a path to forgiveness

'Peace and forgiveness needs to flow up the hill to Stormont'

Fr Martin Magill and Rev Steve Stockman
Tackling sectarianism here in Northern Ireland is as great a Christian imperative as it has ever been, say the Rev Steve Stockman and Fr Martin Magill as they reflect on this year's 4 Corners Festival

Brian Lennon SJ: Abuse, action and hope - what the Church needs to do now

Brian Lennon SJ
Pope Francis found it hard to get across his messages on greater lay involvement in Catholic leadership and on family issues when he visited Ireland because most of the public events were dominated by abuse. As senior bishops gather in Rome today to discuss the abuse crisis, Fr Brian Lennon SJ reflects on why the Catholic Church's response has been slow and ineffective, and why accountability and transparency are essential if the problem is to be remedied and trust rebuilt. He also offers encouragement to faithful Catholics who wonder whether they can stay in the Church

Irish experience of abuse should inform worldwide Church

William Scholes
WHEN the Irish News spoke to Archbishop Eamon Martin at Christmas about the clerical sexual abuse conference which takes place in Rome next week, he said he intended to draw on the Irish experience to "encourage others to come out of denial".

St Valentine's Day thoughts on love and marriage

ON the Feast of St Valentine, celebrated today, I am reminded of the appeal of Pope Francis when he spoke to engaged and newly-married couples at the World Meeting of Families in Dublin last summer: "The welfare of the family is decisive for the future of the world and that of the Church.

Fostering a community of tenderness and kinship

William Scholes
Fr Greg Boyle is a Los Angeles-based Jesuit priest who 30 years ago founded what has grown to become the world’s biggest gang intervention and rehabilitation programme. In Belfast this week to take part in the 4 Corners Festival, he tells William Scholes about building hope and community and his ‘secret sauce’ of radical kinship 

Why not give forgiveness a try?

William Scholes
Over the next 10 days, the 4 Corners Festival is exploring the challenge of forgiveness and how our divided society might look if it was truly forgiving. Among those contributing to the discussion is Professor Robert Enright, regarded as the world's leading expert in forgiveness education. He tells William Scholes about why forgiveness is the most powerful cure for resentment