Tributes to John Hume

image - Mary Carson

image - Mary Carson

Source: Irish Catholic Media Office

At the beginning of the Requiem Mass for John Hume today, tributes were read from Pope Francis, the Dalai Lama and Bono. Many hundreds of people have signed the condolence book for John Hume. Many more are signing the online book - see link below.

Message from Pope Francis

A Message from the Vatican's Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, on behalf of the Holy Father, read:

His Holiness Pope Francis was saddened to learn of the death of Mr John Hume, and sends the assurance of his prayers to his family and to all who mourn his loss. Mindful of the Christian faith that inspired John Hume's untiring efforts to promote dialogue, reconciliation and peace among the people of Northern Ireland, His Holiness commends his noble soul to the loving mercy of Almighty God. To those who mourn his passing in the sure hope of the Resurrection, the Holy Father cordially imparts his Apostolic Blessing as a pledge of consolation and strength in Christ the Lord.

Message from the Dalai Lama

I am sorry to learn about the passing of John Hume. I would like to offer my condolences to you and the members of the family.

I was pleased to be able to meet John during one of my several visits to Northern Ireland. Indeed, his deep conviction in the power of dialogue and negotiations in resolving the problem in his homeland has been an example of non-violent resolution of issues.

It was his leadership and his faith in the power of negotiations that enabled the 1998 Good Friday Agreement to be reached. His steady persistence set an example for all of us to follow.

Although my fellow Nobel laureate is no longer with us, his message about peace and nonviolence in the resolution of conflict, no matter how protracted or difficult it may seem to be, will long survive him. He lived a truly meaningful life.

With my prayers,

Yours sincerely,

His Holiness

The Dalai Lama

Message from Bono

We were looking for a giant and found a man whose life made all our lives bigger.

We were looking for some superpowers and found clarity of thought, kindness and persistence.

We were looking for revolution and found it in parish halls with tea and biscuits and late night meetings under fluorescence.

We were looking for a negotiator who understood that no-one wins unless everyone wins...and that peace is the only victory.

We were looking for joy and heard it in the song of a man who loved his town so well and his missus even more.

We were looking for a great leader and found a great servant.

We found John Hume.

For Pat, Thérèse, Áine, Aidan, John and Mo

See also: Derry City and Strabane District Council online Book of Condolence -

Tags: John Hume, Ireland, Derry, Pope Francis, Bono, Dalai Lama, Mary Carson

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