This article shares the sad news that Church of Ireland priest the Rev. Jack Heaslip, who has long been spiritual advisor to U2 and traveled with them, passed away over the weekend. Many of our readers will have noted references to Heaslip on liner notes ("our North Star" on Songs of Innocence, for example) and in interviews over the years. The atu2 blog recently featured a piece of his writing, and Cathleen Falsani posted a few years back this writeup of a visit to her church by Heaslip. People who have been around the fandom awhile may also remember the audio of Heaslip, introduced by Bono, giving the Elevation Tour blessing.
Thank you to those who passed along this news. Please keep all affected in your prayers. May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace, and may light perpetual shine upon them.