Northern Ireland

Protestant leaders meet with Bloody Sunday families

The leaders met the families at the memorial in Bogside
Image caption The leaders met the families at the memorial in Bogside

Protestant church leaders including the Church of Ireland Bishop of Derry and Raphoe, Bishop Ken Good have met Bloody Sunday families in Londonderry.

Moderator of the Presbyterian Church Rev Norman Hamilton and Methodist Church president Rev Paul Kingston were also at the meeting.

Relatives were given a statue at the Bloody Sunday memorial in the Bogside.

Dr Kingston said he hoped it would mark the beginning of a new peace and togetherness in the city.

A joint statement from the church leaders said they hoped that "a cloud that has been hanging over this city for almost four decades has begun to lift".

"We believe that the Saville Report presents a challenge and an opportunity for new and closer relationships within our wider community," it continued.

"Recognising the goodwill and the significant efforts already made by many people from all sides, we dare to believe that this can be a decisive turning point in reaching out to one another.

"Our purpose in meeting the families today is to hold out a hand of friendship. As Christian leaders, we believe that reconciliation is at the very heart of the Christian message."