Ireland: new bishop of Kildare and Leighlin

 The Most Rev James Moriarty, Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin, was installed as Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin at the Cathedral of the Assumption, Carlow on Saturday. Bishop Moriarty was the chief celebrant at the Mass which was attended by Archbishop Giuseppe Lazzarotto, Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland, Most Rev Sean Brady, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All-Ireland, Desmond Cardinal Connell, Archbishop of Dublin, Cardinal Cahal Daly, Archbishop Emeritus of Armagh and other members of the Irish Bishops' Conference. Bishop Moriarty replaces The Most Reverend Laurence Ryan DD who was ordained Coadjutor Bishop in 1984 and installed as Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin in 1987. Bishop Ryan, 71, submitted his resignation to Pope John Paul II in July 2001. The Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin has a Catholic population of 183,000 in 56 parishes, and includes County Carlow and parts of Counties Kildare, Laois, Offaly, Kilkenny, Wicklow and Wexford. source: Irish Bishops Conference

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