CARDINAL Sean Brady is considering a return to low-key parish work when he finishes his term as the head of the Catholic Church in Ireland.
In an interview with the Irish Independent, he said he was looking forward to handing over the reins in Armagh to Archbishop Eamon Martin next August.
Dr Brady (74) signalled his hope to be involved in parish work when he retires, as he only spent one year doing this during the course of his ministry.
He revealed he had invited Pope Francis to come to Ireland on his election last March but said that as "he is an old man of 77" the Pontiff would not be a globetrotter.
Instead, Dr Brady urged the Irish faithful: "Let's all go to Rome to see him."
Speaking about the Irish church, Dr Brady said it has been undergoing "a spiritual bailout" in parallel with the country's economic bailout.
He identified the International Eucharistic Congress in 2012 as one of the first green shoots of renewal.
Full interview: Pages 16 & 17