The Pope has appointed Monsignor Eamon Martin Coadjutor Archbishop of Armagh. It means Monsignor Martin will assist Cardinal Sean Brady until he decides to step down from office, and will then succeed him as a matter of right.
In a statement this morning, Mgr Martin said he appreciates the great trust that the pope has placed in him, but admits it was with considerable nervousness and trepidation that he accepted the call.
Speaking on today's Shaun Doherty Show, Mgr Martin said he's hopeful that Derry gets a new bishop sooner rather than later............
Mgr Martin has worked on the National Board for Safeguarding Children, alongside Ian Elliott and his team, and says he will bring that experience with him as he and others continue their efforts to bring healing to abuse victims, and ensure that young people are always protected, respected and nurtured.
Meanwhile, a new support group for the victims of clerical abuse founded in Gortahork is to seek a meeting with Mgr Martin.
Embrace had its first meeting last night.
It was hosted by Sean Hillen...........