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Papal Nuncio pays tribute to late Bishop Edward Daly

Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo visited a garden dedicated to the late Bishop Edward Daly with Bishop of Derry Donal McKeown and Vincent Coyle. Picture by Margaret McLaughlin
Seamus McKinney

THE Papal Nuncio to Ireland has planted a shrub in memory of Bishop Edward Daly at a garden of reflection dedicated to the Church leader.

Archbishop Jude Okolo was in Derry to present Pope John Paul II awards to more than 550 young people from the diocese.

He also attended a diocesan conference in preparation for the World Meeting of Families in August, which Pope Francis is also expected to attend.

Before yesterday's award ceremony at the Millennium Forum, Archbishop Okolo said Mass at St Columba's Church, Long Tower and met Church leaders from the city.

He also walked to the Bishop Daly garden of reflection, which was created at Rossville Street following his death in 2016.

Vincent Coyle, who facilitated Archbishop Okolo's visit to the garden, said the papal representative paid tribute to Bishop Daly's commitment to peace and reconciliation.

“He also spoke of Bishop Daly's work in the diocese going back over many years and the service he gave to the diocese. As we walked down from Long Tower, he spoke to me about the warm welcome he had received in Derry.

“Archbishop Okolo said he had a wonderful feeling in Derry and was delighted to be able to walk through the city. He planted a camellia shrub which had been on the altar at Long Tower when he was saying Mass earlier."

Bishop of Derry Donal McKeown also visited the garden yesterday.

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