Read the message of condolence sent by Pope Benedict on the death of Cardinal Cahal Daly and hear Irish Church leaders recalling his contribution to the church and civil life.

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In this podcast Cardinal Sen Brady speaks about his memories of Cardinal Daly and the Dean of St Annes Anglican Cathedral in Belfast the Rev Houston McKelvey says Cardinal Daly provided great leadership during some of the darkest times in Northern Irelands history.

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Papal message of Condolence

Pope Benedict has sent a telegram of condolence to the Archbishop of Armagh, Cardinal Sean Brady on the Death of his predecessor Cardinal Cahal Daly which reads:

Deeply saddened to learn of the death of Cardinal Cahal Daly, I offer heartfelt condolences to you and your Auxiliary Bishop, to the priests, religious and lay faithful of the Archdiocese of Armagh and to all the people of Ireland.

I recall with gratitude Cardinal Daly’ s long years of devoted pastoral service to the Church as priest, Bishop and Primate of all Ireland, his assistance as a member of the College of Cardinals, and especially his sustained efforts in the promotion of justice and peace in Northern Ireland.

In communion with you in the Holy Spirit I pray that, through the grace of Christ, God our merciful Father may grant him the reward of his labours and welcome his soul into the joy and peace of the Kingdom of Heaven. To all gathered far the Solemn Rites of Christian burial and especial1y to Cardinal Daly’s relatives and friends, I cordially impart my Apostolic Blessing as a pledge of consolation and hope in the Lord.