The four archbishops of Ireland are travelling to Rome next week, at the invitation of the Congregation of Bishops, in preparation for the forthcoming Apostolic Visitation to the four archdioceses of Ireland.
The archbishops: Cardinal Seán Brady, Archbishop of Armagh; Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin; Archbishop Dermot Clifford, Archbishop of Cashel and Emly; and Archbishop Michael Neary, Archbishop of Tuam, will meet with the four Apostolic Visitors in advance of their visitation which was announced last March in the Pastoral letter of the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI to the Catholics of Ireland.
In a statement, the Church said: "The purpose of the Apostolic Visitation is to offer assistance and to contribute to the spiritual and moral renewal of the Church in Ireland. The Visitation will facilitate reflection, evaluation and review of Church life."
The Apostolic Visitors for the four archdioceses, announced last May are: Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, Emeritus Archbishop of Westminster, for the Archdiocese of Armagh; Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston, for the Archdiocese of Dublin; Archbishop Thomas Christopher Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, for the Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly; and Archbishop Terrence Thomas Prendergast, Archbishop of Ottawa, for the Archdiocese of Tuam.
See www.catholicbishops.ie for the text of the Pastoral Letter of the Holy Father in English and Irish, and further information.
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