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Champion for peace dies, aged 82

29 November 2013


THE Archbishop of Armagh, Dr Richard Clarke, has led warm ecumenical tributes to the late Fr Alec Reid (above), the Redemptorist priest who was instrumental in the conclusion of the Northern Ireland peace process.

With the then-President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, the Revd Harold Good, Fr Reid oversaw the decommissioning of the IRA's arsenal. Dr Clarke praised the way that Fr Reid, who died last week, aged 82, "accepted that his obedi­ence to the call of Christ would lead him on a sometimes dangerous and lonely path to building peace".

One of the most enduring images from the Troubles was a photograph of Fr Reid administering the last rites to two British soldiers murdered by the IRA during a Belfast funeral procession in 1988.

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