I am delighted to hear the news that Pope Francis has appointed Father Phonsie Cullinan as Bishop of Waterford and Lismore. With his wide experience as a teacher and pastor, he will bring many gifts to his new diocese and to the wider Irish Church. He is, like Pope Francis, a spiritual leader with a sharp mind and a warm smile. I wish him every blessing in his new ministry.
I take this opportunity to give thanks to God for the long service that Bishop William Lee has given and I wish him health and length of days in his retirement.
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