High profile Vatican official to succeed Archbishop of Dublin
Permanent Observer of the Holy See in Geneva, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, has been appointed coadjutor Archbishop of Dublin with the right to succeed 77 year old Archbishop of Dublin Desmond Connell.
Dublin churchgoers gathered yesterday to greet the 58 year old coadjutor (pictured, left), who is successor-in-waiting until Cardinal Connell's (right) resignation is accepted.
Martin has promised to help victims of the sex abuse scandal that has rocked the Catholic Church in Ireland.
Speaking after a Mass at the Dublin Pro-Cathedral he said: "I am aware that there are those for whom meaning and hope were lost in their lives through the actions of church personnel.
"Their hurt is all the greater if they feel betrayed by someone they turned to in trust," he told reporters, adding that he meant this "very very deeply".
Archbishop Martin also said he would work to turn around the dwindling numbers of churchgoers by encouraging "laypeople, priests, men and women" to be stronger in their faith.
Asked about the time he arranged for U2 singer Bono to meet the Pope he said: "I appreciate what he (Bono) does in the area of this fight against poverty which we are all very committed to."
Cardinal Connell, 77, welcomed the new appointment. He said: "This is a wonderful day for us. I know that the Lord will bless our new coadjutor."
Cardinal Connell handed in his resignation to the Vatican two years ago but must wait until the Pope decides to accept this before he can finish.
Vatican: Monsignor Martin will be the next Archbishop of Dublin (AGI)
Pope John Paul II appoints Archbishop Diarmuid Martin Coadjutor to the Archdiocese of Dublin (Catholic Communications)
Archdiocese of Dublin | Pope John Paul II appoints Archbishop Diarmuid Martin Coadjutor to the Archdiocese of Dublin
Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin (catholic-hierarchy.org)
5 May 2003