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May 4, 2009
Wounds still left open from Northern Ireland’s conflict

Eleven years ago, a peace agreement in Northern Ireland ended decades of sectarian violence between Catholics and Protestants. Despite that agreement, there are still many open wounds from the conflict — justice still not served for thousands of families who lost loved ones, including Catholics killed by Catholics and Protesants killed by Protestants. 

For more background on the conflict, listen to our online radio show on violence in Northern Ireland.

Worldfocus special correspondent Martin Himel reports on how a decade of peace has not ended the pain for many families whose loved ones were murdered or vanished.  

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I’m doing about this and I think it is interesting and the violence is calming down now


My ancestors were Irish. My grand father was a protestant minister in Georgia, USA. As a budding science student I had a little conflict with my parents over Adam and Eve. My wife was raised Catholic in Bogotá, Colombia. She has a few “problems” with some priests! In today’s world we see how differences in scriptures create clashes and havoc in society. Think where Pakistan could lead us with the help of its Hindu neighbors to the East! Come on my Irish brothers and sisters: Remember your Celtic roots when all were viewed as expressions of the one Mother God! All were one family. All had existential value as expressions of the Supreme: [There is but one moon, but its reflections, falling in countless puddles of water, appears as countless moons. No new moon is born. The same moon is being reflected in many receptacles. Similarly, the one and the same Supreme Consciousness is being manifested as limitless individual entities, in countless mental receptacles, in countless minds.] Those were the good old day’s, that is, before the Romans spoiled it.

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