Irish Bishops Laud Pope's "Marvelous Achievement"

ARMAGH, Ireland, JUNE 29, 2011 ( The bishops of Ireland are among the many sending congratulations to Benedict XVI today as he celebrates 60 years as a priest.

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Cardinal Seán Brady, archbishop of Armagh and primate of All Ireland, spoke of “six decades of tireless service.”

He said that reaching this milestone is “a marvelous achievement,” and, he added, “I pray God will continue to bless His Holiness with many more years of happiness and fulfillment, as he continues to lead and guide our Church.”

The Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference after its June general meeting, also sent best wishes.

“Pope Benedict has led the Church with faith and humility and has reached out to many people,” they wrote. “In his pilgrimages he has spoken the truth with love and presented the gospel of Christ and the teaching of the Church in an engaging way to audiences of all ages.”

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