The Vatican expressed deep sorrow today over the killing of Tipperary native Archbishop Michael Courtney.
Archbishop Courtney, 58, was gunned down in an ambush south of the Burundian capital Bujumbura yesterday after attending the funeral of a priest. He was born in Nenagh, Ireland in 1945. He briefly studied economics and law at University College Dublin, then moved on to Rome where he prepared for the priesthood and a diplomatic career for the Holy See.
He was ordained in 1968, and worked as a parish priest around Ireland until 1976. He then moved back to Rome for postgraduate studies, and entered the Pontifical Diplomatic Academy.
Pope John Paul called Dr Courtney a loyal and unselfish servant of the Church.