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Irish president throws support to Dublin's archbishop

August 23, 2010

In an address to the annual Rimini meeting organized by the Communion and Liberation movement, Ireland’s President Mary McAleese paid homage of Dublin’s Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, describing him as “a wonderful archbishop who is doing an amazing job.”

McAleese devoted most of her talk at the Rimini conference to the building of peace in Northern Ireland. But her clear indication of support for Archbishop Martin came at a crucial time for the prelate, whose standing in Dublin was shaken by the Pope’s decision not to accept the resignations of two auxiliary bishops there.

In his own message to the gathering at Rimini, the Holy Father said that the human spirit naturally longs for God. "Mankind,” the Pope said, “is often tempted to stop at the little things, those that give 'cheap' satisfaction and pleasure, those that satisfy for a passing moment, things that are as easy to obtain as they are illusory." He said that Christians should “purify our desires” to seek the greater good.


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