2 April 2005
Archbishop Seán Brady statement on the death of Pope John Paul II
In response to the announcement this evening by the Holy See of the death of His Holiness Pope John Paul II, Archbishop Seán Brady, Primate of All Ireland, has issued the following statement:
“A life of outstanding faith and generous service to Christ and the whole human family has serenely departed this world this evening with the death of our beloved Holy Father, Pope John Paul II.
We mourn with heavy hearts and an immense sense of loss the death of a loving Pastor, a gentle teacher and a courageous leader. We thank God for his holy life, his inspiring example and his unfailing affection for Ireland and the Irish people.
We join with countless others around the world in grateful memory and prayerful intercession for his eternal happiness and peace.”
A Press Conference will be held at 8.00am, tomorrow, Sunday 3rd April 2005, in the Sacristy of St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh. Dr Seán Brady, Archbishop of Armagh, Dr Joseph Duffy, Bishop of Clogher and Dr John McAreavey, Bishop of Dromore will be present.