Bishop Paul Colton welcomes appointment of new Roman Catholic Bishop of Cloyne

The Right Reverend Paul Colton, Church of Ireland Bishop of Cloyne has issued this statement on this Feast Day of Saint Colman of Cloyne:

As Church of Ireland Bishop of Cloyne, I am delighted, on this Feast of Saint Colman, Patron Saint of the Diocese, to hear the news of the appointment, by Pope Benedict XVI, of Canon William Crean, Parish Priest of Cahirciveen, County Kerry, as the new Roman Catholic Bishop of Cloyne.

On behalf of all the Church of Ireland parishes and people throughout County Cork, in our United Dioceses of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, I send warm greetings in Christ to Canon Crean as well as to the clergy and people of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Cloyne.

I look forward to meeting the new Bishop when he begins his ministry here and I assure both him, and also all the people of his Diocese, of our prayers and our ecumenical partnership in the days and years ahead.

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