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UPDATE: Information for the Funeral of John Hume RIP


The Hume Family ask that people stay at home this evening as Mr Hume's remains are brought to St Eugene's Cathedral, Derry

This evening the removal of the remains of the late John Hume RIP will be brought to Saint Eugene's Cathedral, Derry. The removal will not take place at 5:00pm as had previously been stated.

The Hume family are anxious that a public gathering for John`s funeral might inadvertently put someone`s health at risk in the context of the current COVID19 pandemic, and are asking that people express their grief by staying at home and joining with the Hume family in a 'Celebration of Light for Peace`.

Celebration of Light for Peace 

Instead of lining roads and streets to show respect to John, it is the wish of the Hume family that people remain at home and, at 9.00pm, light a candle and join with the family to pray the Prayer for Peace of Saint Francis of Assisi in the presence of John`s body in the Cathedral. This `Celebration of Light for Peace` is a fitting tribute to a much loved and distinguished Irishman.

The Hume family will take part in a service at St Eugene's at that time which will be streamed on the church's webcam for people to watch at: and

A message on behalf of the Hume Family 

The Prayer of St Francis of Assisi 

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved, as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
And it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.

Funeral Mass

The Funeral Mass will take place at 11.30am on Wednesday, 5 August, 2020. Father Paul Farren, Administrator of the Cathedral, will be the celebrant for the Mass and he will give the homily. Bishop Donal McKeown, Bishop of Derry, will preside at the Mass and say the final words.

The Mass will be broadcast at 11.30am on RTÉ One and also televised on RTÉ News Now, and on its online and digital platforms. In addition, the Mass will be live-streamed on and

In the context of the COVID19 pandemic, and in accordance with public health guidance, social distancing will be strictly observed within the Cathedral and on its grounds.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

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Homily - World Day of Peace - Bishop McKeown

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Francis Street, Derry
BT48 9AP

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