Tributes have been paid to the Pope’s representative in Ireland, Archbishop Charles Brown following the announcement that he is to take up a new appointment in Albania in the coming weeks.
The US-born prelate (57) was hand-picked by Pope Benedict XVI when
relations between Dublin and Rome hit an all-time-low after the
Taoiseach’s controversial criticism of the Vatican in a Dáil speech.
row saw the Government take the unprecedented decision to close the
Irish Embassy to the Vatican.
Archbishop Eamon Martin, Primate of All Ireland said Archbishop Brown
had endeared himself to many people in Ireland, “thanks to his ‘down to
Earth’ and friendly nature” when travelling “the length and breadth of
“For me, his energy, courtesy, openness, warmth and cooperativeness
have exemplified the style of Pope Francis,” Archbishop Eamon said.
Bishop Kevin Doran of Elphin said that Archbishop Brown came among us
as a diplomat, at a time when diplomacy was really needed, but he came
with the heart of a pastor.
Bishop Fintan Monahan of Killaloe said the
nuncio’s Irish roots “gave him a deep appreciation for the lived faith
experience of the Irish people”.
The Pope has not yet named a successor, meaning 17-months ahead of an
expected visit by Pope Francis, there is no papal nuncio in Dublin.
The Deputy Head of Mission, Msgr Piotr Tarnawski, will serve as
Vatican chargé d’affaires.
He has worked in Dublin since October.