29/11/2007

Ireland's Newest Cardinal Back Home

Ireland's latest cardinal, Archbishop Sean Brady is due to arrive back in Ireland after his elevation by Pope Benedict XVI during a ceremony in Rome at the weekend.

The head of the Catholic church in Ireland was among 24 new cardinals to be created at the special Consistory.

His influential position means he will now be able to vote in the election of the next Pope.

Dr Brady was made Primate of All Ireland in October 1996, but now as a member of the College of Cardinals he will assist the pope in the governance of the church.

The additional cardinals brings the total to 202 members. But Dr Brady will be one of only 121 members under the age of 80 who are allowed to vote.

Ireland now has three cardinals for the first time in its history, with Cardinal Cahal Daly and Cardinal Desmond Connell already in the roles, but unable to vote due to their age.

(BMcC)

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