Cardinal Seán Brady welcomes election of Richard Clarke as the new Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland
Please see the following statement of welcome and congratulations from Cardinal Séan Brady on the election of Bishop Richard Clarke as the new Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh, and Primate of All Ireland:
I am delighted to hear the good news of the election today of Bishop Richard Clarke as Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh in succession to Archbishop Alan Harper. I warmly welcome this appointment and I look forward very much to having Richard as a fellow citizen in the Primatial City and to working with him.
I have known Bishop Richard Clarke for many years. In recent times we have served together on the Irish Inter-Church Committee. I have always found him to be a person of great wisdom, gentleness and kindness.
I wish him many blessings as he takes up his new responsibilities. I pray that God will grant him all the grace and wisdom and courage he needs and I assure him of my own cooperation and that of the Catholic community in Armagh in the promotion of greater understanding and the common well-being in these difficult and challenging times.
• Cardinal Seán Brady is the Catholic Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland.
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