During the service tributes were paid to Fr Lynch for his “for being a tireless advocate for the right of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people for more than 40 years as an out gay and proud Roman Catholic priest”.

He was also praised for “his courage in the face of tremendous adversity” and how he helped people living with HIV and AIDS in New York in the 1980s “in the darkest years of the HIV pandemic”.

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