Derry, Northern Ireland, Aug 8, 2016 / 11:10 am
After his death in hospital Monday morning, Bishop Emeritus Edward Daly of Derry's ministry advocating for peace during the Troubles of Northern Ireland is being remembered across Ireland.
Bishop Daly was well-known for waving a blood-stained white handkerchief over one of the victims of the Bloody Sunday massacre in Derry, a 1972 incident in which British soldiers shot at unarmed civilians protesting the British internment of more than 300 suspected Irish Republican Army sympathizers, many of whom were innocent.
"Bishop Daly served, without any concern for himself, throughout the traumatic years of the Troubles, finding his ministry shaped by the experience of witnessing violence and its effects; through this dreadful period he always strove to preach the Gospel of the peace of Christ," Bishop Donal McKeown of Derry said Aug. 8.
The bishop said his predecessor had "provided an example of priestly ministry which was exemplary, inspired by service of God and the people he encountered. His ministry was characterised by his deep love of the people of this diocese, his dedicated visitation of parishes and his constant availability to others."