Ecumenical Miracle

Who would have ever imagined it? Today the most radical fundamentalist Protestant leader and a former IRA commander formed a coalition government in Northern Ireland.

Ian Paisley has had many titles during his long tenure in politics and the pulpit. Today he is the First Minister of Northern Ireland. He spoke words of reconciliation I still find hard to believe passed through his lips.

Martin McGuiness is still committed to republicanism, but for the moment he is part of a united Northern Ireland. Whether it ever unites with the rest of the island will have to be seen. The important thing is that it will be decided politically and not by force of arms.

It was not so many years ago this would have been unimaginable.

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