An Irish bishop has been appointed because the Vatican’s apostolic nuncio to the European Union by Pope Francis, the Catholic Church has introduced.
Noel Treanor, bishop of Down and Connor, will take up the diplomatic publish because the Vatican’s ambassador to Brussels in January.
He’ll proceed to control the diocese till a successor is appointed.
Bishop Treanor described himself as “honoured” by the appointment in a letter issued by the Irish church by which he described his “heavy coronary heart” at leaving his diocese.
“I’ll all the time worth and take into account my time in Down and Connor as a blessing from God. I keep in mind and am so grateful in your heat welcome upon my arrival within the diocese. It has been a privilege and a blessing to have been a Bishop with you and for you,” he stated.
His appointment comes at a time of tumult within the European Union because the bloc faces the implications of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the refugee flows and gasoline provide points which have resulted.
Within the letter addressed to parishioners and clergy in Down and Connor, he stated: “This appointment as Apostolic Nuncio to the European Union comes at a time when the world and the EU, specifically, face nice challenges. Within the midst of warfare, political and monetary instability, battle and societal change, diplomacy performs a key function in facilitating peace, understanding and goodwill amongst peoples and nations.
“I ask in your continued prayers as I take up this appointment in January. I particularly invite you to hope for and stand in solidarity with all those that work for peace and the decision of battle, defending human rights and addressing problems with humanitarian want in Europe and all through the world.”
Born on Christmas Day 1950 in Monaghan city, Bishop Treanor was ordained in 1976, serving in his hometown and in Enniskillen as a curate and a hospital chaplain.
From 1993 till his appointment as Bishop of Down and Connor by Pope Benedict XVI, he was secretary normal of the Fee of the Bishops’ Convention of the European Union.
He was ordained a bishop in Saint Peter’s Cathedral, Belfast, in 2008. He has since served in plenty of nationwide worldwide roles, together with as president of Justice and Peace Europe.