Archbishop Eamon Martin has welcomed Archbishop John McDowell on his first day in office as the new Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh. The Primate of All Ireland, Archbishop of Armagh and Apostolic Administrator of Dromore has welcomed this new chapter in the ministry of Archbishop McDowell, assuring him of prayers and support at this time.

While both Archbishops are unable to meet in person at this time, Archbishop Martin said they “have already been in frequent contact online to discuss issues of common interest, especially the pastoral and social implications of the current Covid-19 crisis.”

Archbishop Martin continued, “In 2016 Archbishop John and I travelled as part of a cross-community centenary pilgrimage with young people to the Somme and other significant First World War sites. That encounter was a moving experience for all involved and in this vein I was particularly interested in a key theme in his inaugural message today which highlighted the continuing challenge of securing lasting peace and reconciliation for the people on this island.”

In conclusion, Archbishop Martin said, “I look forward to working closely with Archbishop John in the spirit of our patron, Saint Patrick, and in the service of the Gospel and of the common good.”

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