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Pope Francis Mourns Death of Bishop Who Symbolized Peace During N Ireland’s ‘Troubles’

Praises his ‘generous and dedicated episcopal ministry in the service of peace and justice’

Pope Francis today sent a message of condolences at the death of Bishop Edward Kevin Daly.

Bishop Edward Daly, emeritus bishop of Derry, died Monday morning at age 89.

The message was read by Msgr. Amaury Medina Blanco – Secretary of the Apostolic Nunziature to Ireland – at the funeral Mass celebrated for Bishop Daly in St. Eugene’s Cathedral in Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Bishop Daly is known for an iconic image of him waving a white handkerchief as one of the victims of the 1972 Bloody Sunday massacre in Derry is carried behind him.

Related: Ireland mourns Bishop Daly

The special message of condolence from Pope Francis is below:

The Holy Father was saddened to learn of the death of the Most Reverend Edward Kevin Daly, Bishop Emeritus of Derry, and he sends heartfelt condolences to his family and to the clergy, religious and lay faithful of the Diocese.  Recalling Bishop Daly’s generous and dedicated episcopal ministry in the service of peace and justice, His Holiness joins you in prayerful thanksgiving for his life and in commending his soul to the merciful love of God Our Father.  To all who mourn the late Bishop’s passing, Pope Francis cordially imparts his Apostolic Blessing as a pledge of hope and consolation in our Lord Jesus Christ.

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