The head of the Catholic Church in Ireland Cardinal Sean Brady has called for prayers for Cardinal Cahal Daly as he remained in a serious condition in a Belfast hospital last night.
Cardinal Daly (92) was rushed to Belfast City Hospital on Monday morning after becoming unwell and is being treated in the coronary care unit.
He has been plagued with illness for some years and missed attending the funeral of Pope John Paul II at the Vatican in 2005 because of his health.
Cardinal Brady visited him in hospital yesterday and said his predecessor is being lovingly supported by his family and friends.
“At this time I ask Catholics to pray for Cardinal Daly, that he may be given all the graces that he needs,” he said.
“While this is a sad time for all, we should be heartened and nourished by Cardinal Daly's motto which is ‘Jesus Christ, yesterday and today' (Hebrews 13:8).
“I know that throughout Ireland today people will be remembering Cardinal Daly in their prayers.”
The former head of the Church of Ireland Lord Eames expressed his sadness at Cardinal Daly’s illness.
“I was privileged to work closely with Cardinal Daly when we were both primates in Armagh,” he said.
“We shared many experiences in church leadership and service particularly during the course of the Troubles.
“He was a man of great integrity and courage having known him for many years.
“I am certain there are many throughout our community who will remember him in their prayers.”
Cardinal Daly was born in Loughguile, Co Antrim and was ordained to the priesthood on 22 June 1941.
He served at St Malachy's College, Queen's University, Belfast and also as a peritus, or theological expert, at the Second Vatican Council in the 1960s.
He became Roman Catholic Primate of All Ireland and Archbishop of Armagh in 1990 at the age of 73.