Canon Tracey McRoberts joins Archbishops to share message of peace on Christmas Day

Friday December 22nd 2023

Archbishops John McDowell and Eamon Martin recording their Christmas Day message in Armagh.

The Rev Canon Tracey McRoberts MBE, rector of St Matthew’s, Shankill, Belfast, Connor Diocese, will be one of five guests joining the Primates of All Ireland, Archbishops John McDowell and Eamon Martin, for a Christmas Day broadcast on RTE.

The broadcast will focus on this year’s Christmas message from the Primates on the theme of peace and reconciliation. 

Mindful that the world is overshadowed by war and conflict in so many places this Christmas, the archbishops will be joined by the special guests to talk about the work of peace-making and reconciliation locally and around the world.

The conversations will take a global perspective focusing on international development work, as well as the relationship between the Churches in Ireland alongside local community work. 

Rev Canon Tracey McRoberts MBE.

As well as Canon McRoberts, the archbishops will be in conversation with Fr Martin Magill (St John’s Parish, Lower Falls, Belfast); Caoimhe de Barra (Chief Executive, Trócaire); Hilary McClay (Education Advisor, Church of Ireland Bishops’ Appeal); and Dr Damian Jackson (General Secretary, Irish Council of Churches).

The 10-minute programme will be broadcast at 12.10pm on RTÉ One television and at 1.05pm on RTÉ Radio 1.  Filming took place in Armagh earlier this month, and the message will be available after broadcast through the RTÉ Player website – – and the RTÉ Radio Player app.

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