"In history, in politics and in life, there are no ends, only new beginnings." "The past will remain important to us all. We cannot change what has gone before. We should not and must not forget our history. But as we gather on this famous battlefield, it is not history that concerns us now. It is the future. In the future, let us respect each other and our different identities. In the future, let us value each other and our rich traditions. In the future, let us understand each other and our shared history. Let us work together for all of the people of this island. Let us be reconciled with each other. Let us be friends. Let us live in peace." Bertie Ahern, retiring Taoiseach, Opening of Boyne Centre, 6 May 2008. The Irish Times.
"This was not a terrorist attack against the mighty and the powerful. It was not aimed at Presidents or Prime Ministers. It was aimed at ordinary, working-class Londoners, black and white, Muslim and Christian, Hindu and Jew, young and old." Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London, 7 July 2005. Mayor's Statement.
“I too, like you, was once 20 years old, I liked to play sports, to ski, to act. I studied and I worked. I had desires and worries. In those years that are now far away, in times in which my homeland was wounded first by war and then by a totalitarian regime, I was searching for the sense to give to my life.” “I found it,” he said, “in following the Lord Jesus.” Pope John-Paul II, Bern, 5-6 June 2004, Word From Rome, 3(42)
"By desiring to be yourselves a "parable of community", you will help all whom you meet to be faithful to their denominational ties, the fruit of their education and their choice in conscience, but also to enter more and more deeply into the mystery of communion that the Church is in God’s plan." Pope John-Paul II, on his visit the Taizé Community 5 October 1986.