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Pope Francis appoints Kieran O’Reilly as Archbishop of Cashel and Emly

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Responding at the Irish Catholic Bishops Conference to the Report of the Expert Group on the Judgement in A,B and C v  Ireland at Maynooth yesterday was from left, Archbishop of Armagh Cardinal Sean Brady and Bishop of Killaloe Kieran O'Reilly.
Pic Steve Humphreys
5th November 2012.

Responding at the Irish Catholic Bishops Conference to the Report of the Expert Group on the Judgement in A,B and C v Ireland at Maynooth yesterday was from left, Archbishop of Armagh Cardinal Sean Brady and Bishop of Killaloe Kieran O'Reilly. Pic Steve Humphreys 5th November 2012.

Responding at the Irish Catholic Bishops Conference to the Report of the Expert Group on the Judgement in A,B and C v Ireland at Maynooth yesterday was from left, Archbishop of Armagh Cardinal Sean Brady and Bishop of Killaloe Kieran O'Reilly. Pic Steve Humphreys 5th November 2012.

Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Kieran O’Reilly as Bishop of Cashel.

The Pope accepted has the resignation of Archbishop Dermot Clifford on the grounds of age.

Archbishop Clifford was ordained a Priest in 1964 and served as Archbishop of Cashel and Emly for 26 years.

He resigned on the ground of age, as is required by Canon Law.

Cork-native Bishop Kieran O’Reilly has been appointed as his successor.

In a statement this morning, Archbiship Clifford paid tribute to his “colleague and friend".

“I have been privileged to be working with him over the past four years as a Bishop of the Munster Province and as a colleague and friend in the Bishops’ Conference," he said.

“That he is a scholar I learned from others, that he is a gentleman I have found out for myself”, he added.

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