Pope visit to Ireland now unlikely

Pope Benedict is likely to turn down the Catholic bishops’ invitation to visit Ireland, following an unprecedented breach of protocol by an Irish bishop in Rome.

28th October, 2006

Pope Benedict is likely to turn down the Catholic bishops’ invitation to visit Ireland, following an unprecedented breach of protocol by an Irish bishop in Rome. Ireland’s Catholic bishops have been in Rome for two weeks to report to Pope Benedict on the state of the Irish Catholic Church.

Following a private meeting last Thursday between the Pope and Bishop Denis Brennan, the newly-appointed Bishop of Ferns, the bishop issued a statement...

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