The prospects of settlements in some of the most intractable situations in the world today, as well as in domestic political wrangles over the health service, education and more, depend upon a host of unseen actors, says Simon Barrow. They create the conditions for the more formal political mechanisms to make progress.
Church leaders in Ireland have welcomed an agreement concluded between the two largest political parties in Northern Ireland, which will see the completion of a process of devolving power from the British government.
Politicians from all the communities in Northern Ireland have condemned the killing of a Catholic man in what is seen as a rare sectarian attack in a once conflict-afflicted area - but which shows the real challenge to peace in the province.
Students in Westminster will today hear the story of a man who was blinded after being shot by a British soldier - but went on to found a charity to help children affected by conflict around the world.
Dr Rowan Williams used his Easter sermon at Canterbury to highlight healing and reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the Solomon Island as signs of God’s grace at work in a suffering and divided world.