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In unusual move, bishop named an auxiliary bishop as Pope reshapes Church in western Ireland

April 11, 2024

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CWN Editor's Note: In an unusual move, Pope Francis has named Bishop Paul Dempsey of Achonry, Ireland, as an auxiliary bishop of Dublin.

The transfer comes less than four years after Pope Francis named the prelate, now 53, as the bishop of Achonry.

Bishop Dempsey “has served with a joyful, hope-filled heart that has brought much energy and dedication to the preparation of the ongoing Synod on Synodality, as well as to the reception of Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’s prophetic call for ecological conversion in the face of the climate crisis,” Archbishop Dermot Farrell of Dublin said in a statement.

As a result of the transfer—and the acceptance of the resignation of the 76-year-old bishop of Killala the same day—the six dioceses of western Ireland are now governed by three bishops, a harbinger of the more widespread diocesan unions taking place in Italy.

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