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Archbishop of York to preach at St. Macartin's G8 service

Published: 9 May 2013 13:000 comments

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu is to give the address at a special pre-G8 service in St. Macartin's Cathedral, Enniskillen, on Sunday, June 16, the day before the G8 Summit opens at the Lough Erne Resort.

Archbishop John Sentamu is to give a special address at the special pre-G8 service at St. Macartin's Cathedral.

The second highest cleric in the Church of England, Dr. Sentamu is highly regarded for his strong views on major issues and he will be preaching at a service organised by Christian Aid, Trocaire and Tear Fund to send out a message to G8 leaders as they meet in Fermanagh.

Dr. Sentamu previously visited Fermanagh in 2006 to support the Church of Ireland's Clogher Diocese celebrate 1500 years of Macartin.

The service which is expected to be well attended, may be relayed to St. Michael's Church nearby.

Among the other participants in the service are the singers, the Three Priests, Juliet Turner and an ensemble from the Ulster Orchestra.

International charities led by Christian Aid, promote the IF campaign with the message that there is enough food for everyone in the world IF big companies did not dodge taxes in poor countries, IF the right investments were made to help the poorest people feed themselves, IF poor farmers were not forced from their land and crops were used to feed people and not for fuelling cars and If governments and big corporations were honest and open about their actions.

In Northern Ireland 19 organisations are working together on the IF campaign and include Christian Aid, TrĂ³caire, Tearfund, Fields of Life, Irish Council of Churches, Oxfam Ireland, Concern, Save the Children, War on Want NI, Tools for Solidarity, Children in Crossfire, Abaana, Coalition of Aid and Development Agencies, Beyond Skin, SERVE, Global Education Network NI, NIPSA, Unite and the Irish Congress of Trade Unions.

Chrisetian Aid says hunger is the world's most shocking problem and their toughest challenge with statistics that one in eight people on the planet lives with the pain of hunger.

A spokesman added, "And yet our planet provides enough food for everyone. It's unfair, it's unjust, and - it's totally preventable. We can push world leaders to end this injustice by tackling four big IFs."

It will be another busy year for St. Macartin's Cathedral especially during the month of June. Earlier on the Sunday morning, June 16, morning service will be broadcast from the Cathedral on BBC Radio 4 with the preacher being the Bishop of Clogher, the Right Rev. John McDowell.

Earlier in the month, on Sunday, June 2, morning service will take the theme of Henry Francis Lyte's hymns as a blue plaque is being erected at Portora Royal School to mark his life. Later that day at 7pm, the Cathedral will host a Fermanagh celebration of The Diamond Anniversary of the Coronation of the Queen.

On Sunday, May 26, BBC Songs of Praise will be broadcast from St. Macartin's Cathedral.

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