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Pope names successor for troubled Dublin archdiocese

Posted: Friday, May 09, 2003

VATICAN CITY (AP) Pope John Paul II has chosen the Vatican representative to United Nations agencies in Geneva, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, as coadjutor for Dublin, meaning he will eventually take over the troubled Irish archdiocese.

Dublin's current archbishop, Cardinal Desmond Connell, 77, is expected to retire soon.

Clerical sex abuse scandals have rocked the Irish church in recent years. The Dublin Archdiocese alone faces more than 500 complaints dating back to the 1960s.

Connell, accused of ignoring charges against priests, has issued high-profile apologies in recent months.

Martin, 58, a Dublin native, worked in a Dublin parish after theological studies and moved to the Holy See in 1976. In 1986, he was named undersecretary of the Justice and Peace Commission, becoming secretary in 1994.

Through the 1990s, he led Vatican delegations to various U.N. events including the 1992 environment talks, 1994 Cairo population conference, 1995 Beijing conference on women, and 1998 talks on forming the International Criminal Court.



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