the passing of 2009 – the passing of Cahal, Cardinal Daly

His Eminence Cahal, Cardinal Daly
His Eminence Cahal, Cardinal Daly, 1 Oct 1917 — 31 Dec 2009, Requiescat in Pace.

His Eminence Cahal Cardinal Daly, former Archbishop of Armagh dies in Belfast

As the last hours of the year of our Salvation 2009 are drawing the year to a close, it has been announced that His Eminence Cahal, Cardinal Daly, former Lord Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, has died in hospital in Belfast surrounded by his family and friends.

I hope that all will remember His Eminence in their prayers tonight as we move forward in to 2010.

O GOD of the Spirits of all flesh, O Jesu, Lover of souls, we recommend unto Thee the souls of all those Thy servants, who have departed with the sign of faith and sleep the sleep of peace. We beseech Thee, O Lord and Saviour, that, as in Thy mercy to them Thou became man, so now Thou would hasten the time, and admit them to Thy presence above. Remember, O Lord, that they are Thy creatures, not made by strange gods, but by Thee, the only Living and True God; for there is no other God but Thou, and none that can equal Thy works. Let their souls rejoice in Thy light, and impute not to them their former iniquities, which they committed through the violence of passion, or the corrupt habits of their fallen nature. For, although they have sinned, yet they always firmly believed in the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; and before they died, they reconciled themselves to Thee by true contrition and the Sacraments of Thy Church.

O Gracious Lord, we beseech Thee, remember not against them the sins of their youth and their ignorances; but according to Thy great mercy, be mindful of them in Thy heavenly glory. May the heavens be opened to them, and the Angels rejoice with them. May the Archangel St Michael conduct them to Thee. May Thy holy Angels come forth to meet them, and carry them to the city of the heavenly Jerusalem. May St Peter, to whom Thou gave the keys of the kingdom of heaven, receive them. May St Paul, the vessel of election, stand by them. May St John, the beloved disciple, who had the revelation of the secrets of heaven, intercede for them. May all the Holy Apostles, who received from Thee the power of binding and loosing, pray for them. May all the Saints and elect of God, who in this world suffered torments for Thy Name, befriend them; that, being freed from the prison beneath, they may be admitted into the glories of that kingdom, where with the Father and the Holy Ghost Thou lives and reigns one God, world without end.

Come to their assistance, all ye Saints of God; gain for them deliverance from their place of punishment; meet them, all ye Angels; receive these holy souls, and present them before the Lord. Eternal rest give to them, O Lord. And may perpetual light shine on them.

May they rest in peace. Amen

Prayer for the Holy Souls by
The Venerable John Henry, Cardinal Newman, Cong.Orat.

Some coverage from around the world…

…it became commonplace for Republican-minded Catholics in West Belfast to walk out of Mass when he appeared at the altar as their Bishop. On one occasion, when he brought the Belgian ecclesiastic Cardinal Suenens, to Armagh, there was so much noise that Suenens had to leave Northern Ireland without having said a word from the altar.

from Obituary in The Times, 1 January 2009

He was also highly regarded for his work with Irish Bishops on the New Ireland Forum in the 1980s and leading a delegation on the Forum for Peace and Reconciliation in the 1990s, both of which were set up to explore ways of ending violence in Northern Ireland.

from Cardinal Cahal Daly dies aged 92
in The Telegraph, 1 January 2009

As a child in North Antrim, Cahal Daly saw the IRA burn his home in an attack on police billeted next door.

Tributes paid to Cardinal Cahal Daly
Raidió Teilifís Éireann, 1 January 2009

Cardinal Daly was credited with writing a famous speech by pope John Paul II in 1979 in which the pontiff appealed to the Irish Republican Army (IRA) to end its violent campaign for an end to British rule of Northern Ireland.

from Ireland’s Cardinal Cahal Daly dies,
Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 1 January 2009

He earned advanced degrees in philosophy and theology. Some thirty years of his priestly ministry have been dedicated to teaching and he was involved in the Second Vatican Council.

from Daly, Cahal Brendan
Catholic News Agency, 1 January 2009

Cahal Daly was born in the village of Loughguile, on the edge of the Glens of Antrim, on October 1st, 1917, the third of seven children. His father was a primary school teacher originally from Keadue in Co Roscommon while his mother was from Co Antrim.

from Tributes paid to Cardinal Daly
The Irish Times, 1 January 2009

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