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Healing the Land organisers pray for Stormont solution

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Day of Prayer at Nutts Corner on Saturday.

Thousands were expected to gather on Saturday to pray for the return of devolved government in Northern Ireland.

Last year up to 7,000 Christians travelled to Nutts Corner for the Healing the Land event, with organisers expecting even more today.

Andy Campbell, from the organising team, said the ongoing impasse at Stormont had been caused by deep divisions in society.

"We have found ourselves entrenched in different camps and we feel the Church - referring to all denominations - has failed the people and not encouraged that unity," he added.

"That's been the difficulty. It's time to forgive one another.

"We feel threatened and suspicious of each other. That's one of the saddest things."

Another focus was on the high rates of suicide in areas such as north Belfast.

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Day of Prayer at Nutts Corner on Saturday.
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Day of Prayer at Nutts Corner on Saturday.
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Day of Prayer at Nutts Corner on Saturday.