Monday 18 December 2017

John Hume 'humbled' by Papal Knight award

John Hume greets well-wishers at his Papal Knight ceremony
in Derry
John Hume greets well-wishers at his Papal Knight ceremony in Derry

George Jackson

NOBEL Peace Prize winner and former leader of the SDLP John Hume has been formally declared a Papal Knight at a ceremony in his home city.

Mr Hume was made a Knight Commander of St Gregory by Pope Benedict last July and at the weekend his lifelong friend, the retired Bishop of Derry Dr Edward Daly, conducted the investiture ceremony.

The award is one of dozens Mr Hume has received in recognition of his work for peace. In 1998, he shared the Nobel Peace Prize with the then leader of the Ulster Unionist Party, David Trimble.

St Eugene's Cathedral in Mr Hume's native Derry was packed to capacity on Saturday night for the ceremony.

Mr Hume said he was humbled and honoured to receive the award.

"I see it not as an award for me but for the people of Derry. If it hadn't been for the great support from the people of Derry, I wouldn't have been able to have represented them nor achieve anything I did achieve," he said.

Irish Independent

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