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Church leaders in St Mary’s Pro–Cathedral, Dublin, during the Mass in Solidarity with the People of France. (Photo: John McElroy)

A special Mass in solidarity with the people of France was celebrated in the Pro–Cathedral in Dublin by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin on Tuesday 13 January. It was attended by Archbishop Michael Jackson who gave a reflection.

The Mass was organised in collaboration with the Ambassador of France H.E. Jean–Pierre Thébault. Among those present were the Lord Mayor, Mr Christy Burke, President Michael D Higgins and Mrs Higgins, An Taoiseach was represented by his Aide de Comp – Comdt Kieran Carey, Mr Charlie Flanagan, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Rear Admiral Mark Mellett, Defence Forces, Assistant Commissioner John Twomey, Gardaí.

Leaders of other churches included Fr Raul Simion (Romanian Orthodox), Rachel Bewley Bateman (Society of Friends), Major Gillian Dicker and Stuart Dicker (Salvation Army), Mrs Frances Martin (Presbyterian Church), Dr Mudafar Al–Tawash (Representing the Islamic Foundation of Ireland), The Reverend John Parkin (Methodist), Mr Leonard Abrahamson (President of Irish Jewish Community) and Imam Dr Ali Al Saleh (Ahlul Bayt Islamic Centre).

Among the many members of Diplomatic Corps were former President, Dr Mary McAleese, French Ambassador, H.E. Jean–Pierre Thébault and the Irish …read more

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