The Primate of All-Ireland has issued a plea to anyone with information about the location of the bodies of the Disappeared to come forward.
His appeal came during the annual Mass for the Disappeared in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh.
“I appeal once more today, that anyone out there who has even the slightest amount of information, to show compassion and mercy by sharing it with the Independent Commission,” the Archbishop of Armagh, Eamon Martin, said.
“It is never too little, or too late, to bring the key that will ease the suffering of others, and help them find peace and consolation.
“For the love of God, do not remain silent. Have compassion.”
Relatives of those murdered and secretly buried by paramilitaries during the Troubles attended the Mass, which was streamed live on the internet. They have gathered at Armagh for the annual Palm Sunday service for the last two decades.
Of the 16 Disappeared, the remains of 13 have been found – while three remain missing.
The families of Co Tyrone teenager Columba McVeigh, former monk Joe Lynskey and Captain Robert Nairac are hopeful their bodies can be found.
Others not recognised on the official list of the Disappeared include Lisa Dorrian who is believed to have been disappeared by loyalist paramilitaries in Co Down in 2005.
During his homily, Archbishop Martin acknowledged how the Covid-19 pandemic had resulted in little progress being made over the last year in the search for answers.
He also recognised the “terrible suffering” of the victims’ families, saying they “shared in so many ways in the Passion of Jesus”.
He said the families’ story had also brought out “tremendous love and compassion” in the way in which they have supported each other over the years.
The Christian faith continues to remind the faithful that “where suffering and compassion are found, God is there – both in the suffering, and in the compassion that goes with it”, the archbishop added.
Picture: The Primate of All-Ireland and Archbishop of Armagh, Eamon Martin, blesses the faithful.