To mark the 1916 Rising, a special Mass for Peace and Reconciliation will be celebrated by Bishop John Buckley, Bishop of Cork & Ross, in Holy Trinity Church, Father Mathew Street, Cork, at 12:30pm this Sunday 3 April, which is celebrated as Divine Mercy Sunday throughout the Catholic Church.
Bishop Buckley said: 'Holy Trinity Church has been selected because of the important pastoral role exercised by members of the religious orders, especially the Capuchin Community, some of whose members wrote very informative, personal narratives on the Rising. Our Mass will be a time for reflection not celebration. We visit our history, not to find what divides but what unites us. We will pray for the four hundred and eighty five men, women and children who died violently in 1916, on whatever side or none.'
Bishop Buckley continued: 'We, as people of faith, pray also for the British soldiers and the RIC members who died on the streets of Dublin, many of whom were Irish. We will also remember the five hundred and eighty Irish soldiers who died on the Western Front in the First World War during that week. Indeed, some of those who survived received a very cold reception when they returned home. We will pray also for those who died during the violence in Northern Ireland including the many people who are still suffering from its effects to this day.'