17/10/2007

Brady Made Cardinal

The head of the Catholic Church in Ireland, Dr Sean Brady, is to be made a cardinal.

Pope Benedict XVI made the announcement at the end of his weekly audience in St Peter's Square, Rome.

Ireland will now have three cardinals for the first time in its history, with Cardinal Cathal Daly and Cardinal Desmond Connell already in the roles.

However, only Dr Brady, the current Archbishop of Armagh, would have a vote in the choice of any new pope.

Dr Brady said he was "deeply honoured and humbled" by the announcement.

"Today's news is a mark of the affection and esteem of the Holy Father for the whole Church in Ireland," he said.

(BMcC)


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