22 November 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

A papal honour reserved for those who have exhibited long and exceptional service to the Catholic Church, their families and community was conferred on a Tyholland woman this week.

Maureen Rice from Tamlet was presented with the Benemerenti Medal at the behest of Pope Francis at a Mass in St Patrick’s Church, Tyholland on Tuesday evening at which Bishop of Clogher Most Rev Dr Liam MacDaid officiated.

 The medal, bearing a ribbon in the papal colours of yellow and white, was instituted by Pope Gregory XVI in 1832 and is an esteemed distinction in the Catholic faith. The word ‘benemerenti’, which means a well-deserving person, is inscribed on the back of the medal, surrounded by a crown of oak leaves.
 Our pictures by Rory Geary show Ms Rice accepting the papal honour from Bishop MacDaid (above); and (below) the new recipient, in the company of the Bishop, being congratulated by Mary Hughes, who was herself awarded the accolade in 1993.

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