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Statement by the Rt Revd Dr Ian Ellis, Bishop of Clogher, upon the announcement of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

It is with profound sadness that we have learned of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.  On behalf of the clergy and people of the Diocese of Clogher I offer our sincere condolences to the members of the Royal Family in their grievous loss and assure them of the prayers of the parishes of this diocese at this time as they mourn the death of the Queen.

During her long reign, Queen Elizabeth II has visited this area of her realm on many occasions and touched the hearts and minds of all who met her.  Her visits are dearly held in our memories; most notable was the remarkable visit to St Macartin’s Cathedral, Enniskillen, in 2012, for a service to mark the 60th anniversary of her reign.  On that occasion she reached out to members of the Catholic community and walked across Church Street to meet members of St Michael’s Roman Catholic Church.  Queen Elizabeth has led the way in promoting neighbourliness and breaking down barriers to friendship and working together. 

Although our hearts are saddened by the death of Queen Elizabeth II, we give thanks to Almighty God for her long life and draw inspiration from the example of her clear faith, her devotion to Christ and selfless service.

God save the King.

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