Pope Benedict Wishes to Strengthen Relations between Ireland and the Holy See

By Cathy Hayes
Irish Central
February 17, 2012

President Michael D Higgins, Deputy Prime Minister Eamon Gilmore and Archbishop Charles J. Brown at Thursday's ceremony

Pope Benedict XVI hopes to "solidify and strengthen" relations between Ireland and the Hoy See according to the new Papal Nuncio to Ireland, Archbishop Charles J. Brown.

Archbishop Brown,a new York native, formally presented his credentials to the Irish President Michael D Higgins, on Thursday at the presidentís resident in Aras an Uachtarain.

By taking up office as the representative of Pope Benedict in Ireland, Brown replaces his predecessor Archbishop Giuseppe Leanza who was recalled to the Vatican in the wake of the findings of the Cloyne Report, into sex abuse in the Catholic Church.

Deputy Prime Minister Eamon Gilmore and David Cooney, secretary-general at the Department were present at the ceremony on Thursday.

Fr. Juan Antonio Cruz Serrano, the first secretary at the Nunciature in Dublin, accompanied Archbishop Brown, who first arrived in Ireland in early June following his Episcopal ordination in St Peterís Basilica on the Feast of the Epiphany, presided over by Pope Benedict XVI, reports the Vatican Radio.

President Michael D Higgins asked the Papal Nuncio to convey the best wishes of the people of Ireland to the Pope.








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