A HOLIDAY scheme designed to bring together Northern Irish schoolchildren of different faiths has been given widespread support from Church Leaders.
"I give my wholehearted support to this scheme which aims to promote community harmony by encouraging more coming together by community groups and children across the religious divide," says Cardinal Thomas 0 Fiaich, Primate of All Ireland, in a leaflet advertising the Government sponsored scheme .
"The scheme must of necessity have limitations but it is up to all of us to put no limit on our own efforts to build a truly peaceful society,— Cardinal 0 Fiaich adds.
The Children's Community Relations Holiday Scheme was set up in 1974 by the Department of Education to provide grants for groups promoting holidays for mixed parties of Protestant and Catholic children.
Since the scheme started more than 13,000 children have participated, and liast-yeat, alone main holidays for 1,239 children wdfe issisted.
In welcoming the wide measure of agreement voiced by political and Church leaders for the scheme, Mr Nicholas Scott, Conservative member of Parliament for Chelsea and Under Secretary of State for Education, said 'community relations does not mean giving up or compromising your political or religion s beliefs. What I am talking about is Protestants and Catholics making a positive effort to work together for the good of all."
The Irish Protestant leader, Archbishop John Armstrong of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland,. has also thrown his support behind the scheme.