Pope knights John Hume for peace work in Northern Ireland
THE Pope has knighted Northern Ireland peace process founder John Hume.
The Nobel Laureate and former SDLP leader, 75, whose dialogue with Sinn Fein paved the way for the end of violence and the signing of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, was made a Knight of St Gregory for his peace work.
An SDLP spokesman confirmed the honour.
Mr Hume, from Derry, founded the SDLP, which represented the majority of nationalists in Northern Ireland for many years until it was overtaken in the polls by Sinn Fein relatively recently.
He was one of the architects of the peace process as the second leader of the SDLP from 1979 to 2001. The former demonstrator for Catholic civil rights served as a member of the European Parliament and an MP for Foyle as well as a member of the Northern Ireland Assembly.
He was named Ireland's Greatest in a public poll by Irish broadcaster RTE to find the greatest person in the country's history.