Pope Francis’ message of condolence read at Bishop Daly funeral

Parishioners pay their respects to the late retired Bishop of Derry, Edward Daly, at St. Eugene's Cathedral. DER3216GS25. Photo George Sweeney.

Parishioners pay their respects to the late retired Bishop of Derry, Edward Daly, at St. Eugene's Cathedral. DER3216GS25. Photo George Sweeney.

A message of condolence from Pope Francis has been read at the funeral of Bishop Edward Daly in St. Eugene’s Cathedral in Derry.

The message was read on behalf of the Holy Father by Papal Nuncio, Monsignor Medina Blanco (Chargé d’Affaires ai, Apostolic Nunciature in Ireland).

Thousands of people attended the Requiem Mass of the former Bishop of Derry who died at the age of 82 on Monday.

Those unable to find space inside the cathedral stood outside while others lined the surrounding streets.

Irish President, Michael D. Higgins attended the funeral as did deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness, former SDLP leader, John Hume and the Bloody Sunday families.

Bishop of Derry, Donal McKeown, is the chief celebrant and concelebrants included Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, Bishop Francis Lagan, retired auxiliary Bishop of Derry, Monsignor Medina Blanco, Cardinal Sean Brady, Archbishop Emeritus of Armagh, bishops, priests of the Diocese of Derry and from the other dioceses.

Bishop Daly will be buried in a small cemetery in the grounds of St. Eugene’s Cathedral next to his predecessor, Bishop Neil Farren who was Bishop of Derry from 1939 until 1973 and who died in 1980.

Pope Francis.

Pope Francis.